Some top principles I’m following when hiring for our early team:
- Hell Yes or No! Anything in between = no. Strong hires make strong hires.
- 10x the Hire. Before hiring someone, consider whether you’d like to have 10 times as many people like them in your company (from Patrick Collison / Mathilde Collin)
- Do not underestimate time spent hiring. When actively hiring, expect to spend at least 50% of the time recruiting.
- Close the loop. Don’t ghost! Give feedback if possible. How well a candidate thinks they performed has statistically proven impact on whether they want to work for you.
- Always be closing. Treat each candidate as though they have an offer.
- The best interviews emulate real work. Don’t play games or give trick questions that don’t actually test for the work situation. (I, for example, hard disagree with this.)
- Treat the hiring process like a product. As written here.
Principles picked up via Alex (my co-founder!), Zack (Talent @ Dragonfly), Who: The A of Hiring, and experience!
This is a WIP list that I’ll keep updating to continuously remind me of the principles. Still learning!