@DAVESCHAPPELL
HIRING FOR STARTUPS
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Insist on Great!
WHO AM I?
HOW DO YOU BUILD A TEAM?
WHAT MAKES A STARTUP’S CULTURE?
RECRUIT FOR YOUR CULTURE
or…
SHOULD HAVES MUST HAVES
• Rails/Ruby/Node
• iOS/Android
• 3 Years PM
• …
• Passion
• Customer Focus
• Work Ethic
• Certain...
TAKEAWAYS FROM NEIL/SUSTER
oKnow what you’re hiring for
oKnow what you’re going to ask
oTake notes
oDevelop a vote & back ...
BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING
BEHAVIORAL VS. BRAIN-TEASER
• Give me an example of a time you:
• … blew a customer away? (Customer Obsession)
• … deliver...
PROCESS
• Don’t walk thru resume (lazy)
• Do this beforehand!
• Know a Great/Bad Answer
• Take Detailed Notes/Shorthand
• ...
FAVORITE OTHER AREAS
• Beginning
• What did you do to prepare for this interview?
• What are three ways we should improve ...
OTHER TIPS/TRICKS
• Interview many candidates at once
• 4-6 interviewers (key employees, board)
• Assign areas of focus to...
CHECK REFERENCES?
• Yes, eyes wide open
• Look for great
• Probe on anything where not raving
• Find a way to talk to non-...
WHERE DO YOU FIND STARS?
•Friends/FOFs
• Referrals
•Past employers/ees
•Networking/parties
•Craigslist +
•Word of Mouth
•A...
ALL ELSE
• Recruiters vs. in-House?
• Referral Program?
• When to Sell the Candidate?
• Comp Levels ($ vs. Ownership)
• Co...
YOU ARE STARS
DEMAND THAT YOUR
HIRES BE STARS TOO
16
QUESTIONS?
WANT OTHER ADVICE?
• @DaveSchappell
• http://blog.nosnivelling.com
• Mentor sessions …
• AWS Activate benefits for 500Star...
MICAH BALDWIN
• 500Startups/TS Mentor
• Graphicly – Founder
• CrunchFund –Advisor
• Blurb – VP Bus Dev/Prod
• Lijit – VP B...
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Hiring for Startups (by @DaveSchappell)

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Collection of best practices from 20+ years of recruiting and interviewing, and some other startup best practices

Hiring for Startups (by @DaveSchappell)

  1. 1. @DAVESCHAPPELL HIRING FOR STARTUPS FEBRUARY 19, 2015 Insist on Great!
  2. 2. WHO AM I?
  3. 3. HOW DO YOU BUILD A TEAM?
  4. 4. WHAT MAKES A STARTUP’S CULTURE?
  5. 5. RECRUIT FOR YOUR CULTURE or…
  6. 6. SHOULD HAVES MUST HAVES • Rails/Ruby/Node • iOS/Android • 3 Years PM • … • Passion • Customer Focus • Work Ethic • Certain Skills
  7. 7. TAKEAWAYS FROM NEIL/SUSTER oKnow what you’re hiring for oKnow what you’re going to ask oTake notes oDevelop a vote & back it up oHave crazy-high standards!
  8. 8. BEHAVIORAL INTERVIEWING
  9. 9. BEHAVIORAL VS. BRAIN-TEASER • Give me an example of a time you: • … blew a customer away? (Customer Obsession) • … delivered a key project under deadline? (Deliver Results) • … improved a process of co-worker(Invent and Simplify) • Dig: • What did YOU do? • How did you know it worked/didn’t? • What could you have done better? Or, did you, in future? Give me another … Give me another
  10. 10. PROCESS • Don’t walk thru resume (lazy) • Do this beforehand! • Know a Great/Bad Answer • Take Detailed Notes/Shorthand • Interview cheat sheet (txt file) • Take lots of notes & type up interview • Vote Immediately 10
  11. 11. FAVORITE OTHER AREAS • Beginning • What did you do to prepare for this interview? • What are three ways we should improve our product, to blow away our customer? • End • 3 Adjectives people use to describe you • Give examples of what you’ve done • Give them time for questions • Suster:  ”No. Curiosity. No. Job.”
  12. 12. OTHER TIPS/TRICKS • Interview many candidates at once • 4-6 interviewers (key employees, board) • Assign areas of focus to interviewers • Everyone log ‘votes’ before you meet • Schedule in-person debrief ASAP
  13. 13. CHECK REFERENCES? • Yes, eyes wide open • Look for great • Probe on anything where not raving • Find a way to talk to non-references • Read Mark Suster post: • http://bitly.com/improve-startup-hiring
  14. 14. WHERE DO YOU FIND STARS? •Friends/FOFs • Referrals •Past employers/ees •Networking/parties •Craigslist + •Word of Mouth •ABR (always be recruiting)
  15. 15. ALL ELSE • Recruiters vs. in-House? • Referral Program? • When to Sell the Candidate? • Comp Levels ($ vs. Ownership) • Contractors/Interns = great hack • Hire slow(er) than promised
  16. 16. YOU ARE STARS DEMAND THAT YOUR HIRES BE STARS TOO 16
  17. 17. QUESTIONS?
  18. 18. WANT OTHER ADVICE? • @DaveSchappell • http://blog.nosnivelling.com • Mentor sessions … • AWS Activate benefits for 500Startups • This presentation borrowed from: • http://twitter.com/#!/neilr • http://twitter.com/#!/msuster
  19. 19. MICAH BALDWIN • 500Startups/TS Mentor • Graphicly – Founder • CrunchFund –Advisor • Blurb – VP Bus Dev/Prod • Lijit – VP Bus Dev • ServiceMagic – Growth/Marketing • Kozmo - Marketing @Micah MicahBal@amazon.com

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