Startup Recruitment Failures is about challenges and failures faced when hiring people. Every startup founder has a story or two on how they were burned by a hire who went sour. Listening to these stories, you will not only find relief (in case you are going through similar situations), but also get insights on how to improve hiring practices and reduce your share of recruitment failures.
When hiring juniors just doesn't cut it
When you are a young bootstrapped startup, you cannot afford a C-level manager for sales. So you hire juniors and expect them to grow. CoinGate Co-Founder Dmitrijus reflects on how this strategy backfired and shares valuable insights from this experience.
Making Product and Engineering relationship work
Vinted is a second-hand clothing marketplace valued at over a cool billion. Mindaugas joined 10 years ago as employee #13, and now he leads a team of 400 engineers. What a ride! Mindaugas is sharing his recruitment failure in hiring a Senior Manager. The clash was that the Manager was from a well-structured company, and Vinted, at that time, was a Startup that grew fast and didn't have time to define all the procedures and policies.
#4 Sailing through a storm
BitDegree recently raised a 1M dollar investment. The investment is led by Taizo Son, the younger brother of Masayoshi Son of Softbank. Danielius shares stories about the loss of a good CTO candidate, friction when working in an international team and challenges when facing an exodus of 10 people after changing company’s direction.
Investing in new employee's onboarding
It seems so obvious: when you hire, you need to invest in onboarding. However, most of the time we tend to forget about what is obvious and expect new employees would just join our team and start delivering.
The gut vs procedures when hiring people
Surfshark recently merged with NordVPN and became a unicorn. Founder & CEO Vytautas Kaziukonis talks about relying more on procedures rather than the gut when hiring people, and shares an amusing story about a Head of Sales who could not sell because of a basic skill missing that nobody checked for.
Dealing with a toxic hire
Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer Bosko Todorovic @ Trember shares his experience of building a sales team. He tells a story about a Head of Sales hired in desperation who turned out to be toxic. One such employee in a small team can totally derail the atmosphere. Learn how to spot a toxic employee and get practical advice on how to avoid them in the first place.