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Recruiting Technical Talent for Early Stage Startups
Whether you're a technical or non-technical founder you will need to recruit technical talent to help you scale your startup. In this talk, I'll cover strategies for how to attract and close top technical candidates for an early stage startup.
Validate candidate. Assess their needs,
skills, experience & interest. Pitch the company. Vision, why candidate is a fit & story that meets their needs. Explain process. Employees, recruiters & referrals. 20
Explain to candidate the interview
process. Steps of the process. Who they will meet. When to expect an answer. Interview the candidate. Divvy up areas & review questions. Every interview MUST tell vision. What it’s like to work there. Evaluate the candidate. No communication during interview. Have criteria set & measure every candidate the same. Feedback system. 22
Motivation Why do you want
to work at a startup? Why do you want to work at this startup? What do you need from me to be productive? How do you keep up with tech trends? Technology Acumen What technologies are you familiar with i.e. can you actually write code in? Can you handle full stack development (front to back end)? Do you do TDD/BDD? What are the gaps in your skill set or knowledge? Are you willing to help recruit people who can compliment you? How would you scale a system from 1-10, 10-10k, 10k-1M users, and do so with in a fixed budget? Are you familiar with: security, monitoring, backup stores, deployment, scaling, performance tuning? Process How do you interact with product managers and designers? How would you implement an agile development team? How do you evaluate a build vs. buy situation? How do you ensure code quality? What is your process for handling technical debt? Mini Project Come up with a small project that you think will take them either a couple days to 1 week to implement. Can be as simple as integrate signups with email marketing provider. Grade on attention to detail (quality), how accurately they implemented what you wanted (capable of building & shipping), and turnaround time (speed). Sample interview questions. 37
Resources Books Basic Black by
Cathie Black Good Boss, Bad Boss by Robert Sutton Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson Secrets of Rockstart Programmers by Ed Burns Smart & Gets Things Done by Joel Spolsky The Leadership Pipeline by Charan, Drotter, Noel The One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard Blog Posts http://femgineer.com/2011/12/blurred-vision-is-better-than-blindness/ http://femgineer.com/2010/05/startup-engineer-which-number-is- right-for-you/ http://femgineer.com/2012/10/optimizing-outsourcing/ http://femgineer.com/2012/10/where-to-find-femgineers/ Podcasts Hire & Retain Talent - Barry Deutsch & Brad Remillard 38
Infrastructure Application Hosting Website Hosting
Code Repository Backups, Security Product Features Deployment Testing Continuous Integration Release Cycles App Store Maintenance Technical Debt Org Efficiency Email Server Email Marketing Social Media Data & Analytics Engineering Department 39
HTML/CSS Back End Algorithms, Features, Scaling Architect Understands entire system. DBA or DevOps Data Storage, security, scaling Growth Hacker Get me more users! Language Speciﬁc Rails Developer Mobile Developer iOS or Android Developer CTO/VP of Eng Manager 40