What’s the best way to recruit?

Sarah Allen (Product Leader at 18F)
little rules for working life – the evolving ultrasaurus

The #1 job of a good manager is hiring and retaining great people. Never hire until you’ve interviewed at least three great candidates. Move fast on a great candidate. If all of your candidates look the same, you have a recruiting problem. Always be recruiting.

Dr. Dana Ardi (Corporate Anthropology Advisors)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Dr. Dana Ardi – AVC

Hire smart and hire the very best people you can. Don’t just onboard someone to fill a slot. Instead, build a community. Keep asking yourself not just what you want and need, but what’s best for the organization to grow and evolve.

Chad Dickerson (CEO & President @ Etsy)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Chad Dickerson – AVC

Typically, candidates want to know two basic things about your company: 1) how is the company doing from a business standpoint? and 2) does this company operate in a way that I can believe in? The second is arguably more important than the first, since performance metrics rise and fall, valuations go up and down, and stock prices fluctuate. Culture and values persist.

Bill McComb (Former CEO at Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc.)
How to hire – drill a well before you need a drink | A Founder’s Notebook

Drill a well before you need a drink

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Donna White – AVC

Recognize recruiting as a source of opportunity beyond hiring. The insights gained, and discoveries and contacts made during the recruiting process can be an invaluable investment into your business. For instance, you may learn of business opportunities, build your network, gain market intelligence, be exposed to new ways of thinking and of doing things, and introduce your product to people who will become evangelists.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Donna White – AVC

Use the activities involved in recruiting to strengthen abilities that will contribute to your overall effectiveness. There are elements of recruiting that you probably already enjoy and that exercise the same abilities that you use in other aspects of running your business, such as: creating something out of nothing, analyzing and solving problems, devising strategies, making new contacts, crafting and relaying your company’s story, negotiatin… (read more)

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Best Hiring Practices – AVC

Your company should have a jobs page. Even if you are a five person startup, you should have one. It should articulate what it is like to work at your company and list any open jobs. It should be linked to at the bottom of your webpage, right next to the link to your about page. This is important. Don’t put it off.

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Best Hiring Practices – AVC

Do not take the “put the job opening up and let the applicants come” approach. That will not get you the best people. You must go out and find the talent you want to hire. You can use your existing team, that is where the best leads always come from. You can use your network. You can use recruiters, both contingency and retained, and you can use services like LinkedIn and Indeed. You want to cast a wide net and work hard to source the best candid… (read more)


Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Where To Find Strong Talent – AVC

The kind of people you want to hire for your company are in short supply and they are rarely out looking for a job. You have to go find them and recruit them to join your team. But where to look?
Here are some suggestions:
1) People you know and people your team knows. 2) People who work for your competition. 3) Companies that have been recently purchased. 4) Other parts of the country and the world. 5) Colleges. 6) The big companies in your ma… (read more)

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
MBA Mondays: Turning Your Team – AVC

A serial entrepreneur I know tells me “you will turn your team three times on the way from startup to a business of scale.” What he means is that the initial team will depart, replaced by another team, which in turn will be replaced by yet another team.

Susan Loh (Head of People @ ClassPass)
MBA Mondays: Guest Post From Susan Loh – AVC

When the time came to figure out how to scale HR & Recruiting at foursquare, I felt that I could solve the above issues by merging the two organizations into one unified Talent Team. I view the Talent Team as a full service organization that is with you from the day you apply to the company to the day you leave the company. We are responsible for recruiting, onboarding, training, developing, and retaining great people. Our performance is measured… (read more)

Fred Wilson (Co-Founder and Partner at Union Square Ventures)
Starting and Finishing – AVC

The skills that get you from idea, through initial product, past product market fit, and into a market leading company are very different from what it takes to manage a 200-500-1000 person global business that needs to exectute well across a range of dimensions and keep everyone aligned, motivated, and working well together.