The Gradience
Hiring Recruiters for an Early-Stage Startup Company with Amanda Daering, CEO of Newance
August 30, 2022
Joining us this week to explore this topic is Amanda Daering, CEO of Newance, a company that builds technology and ops teams for startups and VCs. Its mission is to be the best spot in the world for brilliant people to find and succeed at solving interesting problems. Its Talent Advisors are paired with a hands-on subject matter Experts-in-Residence with years of experience in engineering, UX, and product. This unique approach helps our team to focus on what matters most - finding and engaging the right candidates at the right time.
Most founders of early-stage startups look to recruit generalists. These individuals are agile, and experienced, and do not mind if things are frequently altered.

To employ a recruiter, you must be upfront about what you seek. Ask yourself the following questions: what are you searching for? And who is responsible for assessing the candidate’s suitability?

The majority of recruiters make the error of asking exactly the same set of questions to each prospect.

In this episode of The Gradience Podcast, Nigel is joined by Amanda Daering, CEO of Newance.

They cover:

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:06:58 ] Most early-stage startup founders prefer to hire generalists. These people can move fast and wouldn't mind if things are changed continuously

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:09:00 ] "There's nothing that kills enthusiasm in recruitment like time"

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:09:58 ] To hire the best talent, be clear on what you are looking for from the beginning. To help you with this, here are three questions: 

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:10:10 ] One common mistake most recruiters make is to ask four candidates in an interview the same set of questions

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:10:37 ] Interviews should be conversational as much as possible. The experience of the interview sessions should be as close as possible to the job

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:13:40 ] β€œShow and don't just tell.” Don't tell them the role is exciting; show them a list of your awards. Tell them about the last person in that role that got promoted

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:16:14 ] One signal to an over-bloated interview process is repetition. For example, you are on the fifth step, and you ask your candidate about things already on their resume

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:21:04 ] For companies with many "voices", it is important to do an "interview retro". That means no bother should discuss their decision/scores with anyone else. They anonymously write their opinions and only share them when the results are collated

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:22:36 ] In terms of scaling as a company, it's important to grow as fast as possible while keeping the quality in check. 

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:23:44 ] Having a reason for your growth as a startup is as important as the growth itself 

πŸ‘‰ [ 00:38:01 ] When hiring a recruiter, consider the percentage of your hires that are from applicants and those from people you went out to source

If you’re in getting team-building tips from a successful founder, and want to build a cross-functional team and a team with the right atmosphere, tune in to this episode of The Gradience Podcast, a Podcast by Build Talent.

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