A lot has been written on the process of joining a startup. Less is written about what to do once you join. Truth is, that’s when the fun starts, and it’s important to optimize your experience from day one.
Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine who was interested in doing product management at a startup. He was working as a consultant, but wanted to join a company like foursquare as a PM.
A key success element is to start by avoiding the known list of interviewing and hiring mistakes that have been documented many times over by human resources professionals. Here’s a tongue-in-cheek summary of ten big ones to jog your recollection
I've often been asked, "Why did you found ZestCash in Los Angeles?" This is polite code for "You're an idiot. There are no good software engineers outside of Silicon Valley."
CrowdIPR is looking for a kickass Python developer to join the troops in London. Check out the job ad for more details!
Based on how much time you have available for the evaluation process, go for the types of input that are most likely to give you a high-quality candidate. If you can do them all, great, but if you can only do one or two, go with work sample and histo
In the end, I got the job I wanted only a month after moving to Silicon Valley. If I can do this shit, you can too. Now get out there and hustle!
Software veteran Joel Spolsky was kind enough to let us print some of his thoughts on how to avoid getting stuck at your second choice.
In France we have what we call SSII for Société de Service en Ingénierie Informatique. So how can one move away from a company like this and join a cool startup?
“Would you be able to spend twelve hours in an airport with this person?” our CEO asks each of us as we consider engineering candidates we’ve interviewed for open positions. I started to interview people during my first week at the startup.
Startups are always on their toes, ready to run, take decisions instantly and if wrong, admit them and work on refining them. What they need are people who can cope up with these changes as fast as they are made.
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Chris Dixon had an excellent post yesterday titled Recruiting programmers to your startup. Among the feedback was a great short list of four addition things that Niel Robertson, the CEO of Trada (and an amazing programmer) has learned.
Video footage from the Startup HR 101 workshop, hosted by TribeHR and Communitech. http://www.tribehr.com