Hiring the best talent is the most crucial element to startup success. Yet, it's still the area where founders seem to make the most mistakes, in spite of all the time they're committing to it.
If you're interested in hearing best practices from top founders, recruiters, and heads of talent and people, you won't want to miss any of these episodes--so subscribe now wherever you listen to your podcasts!
We'll be discussing topics like: Choosing Co-Founders, Mission and Values, Identifying People Needs, Bringing in Senior Executives, Pipeline Tactics, Diversity, Screening, Interviewing, Offers, Negotiations and Closing, Onboarding Talent, Helping Employees Succeed, Environment and Culture, Employee Evaluations and Making Changes.
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Nadia Danford of Policygenius: Going In-House with Your Recruiting
Nadia Danford convinces candidates in a very competitive labor market that working for a startup that sells insurance is going to be awesome--that's just how good she and her in-house recruiting team is. We spent time talking about how they do that, and what it means to bring recruiting in-house, when the right time to do that is, and some best practices Policygenius uses to build their fast growing company.
Stephanie Mardell of Button: How to Lay the Groundwork for Employee Success
Stephanie is responsible for all things people at Button, which was voted the #1 Place to Work in NYC by Crain's. She handles recruiting, learning & development, performance management, compensation, and people happiness programs.
In the show, we talked about how her experience at larger tech companies like Square helped inform how she runs her People team and how that team thinks about ensuring employee success, making the recruiting function contribute lasting ROI for the company.
Tami Forman of Path Forward: Returning Women to the Workforce
Tami Forman is the Executive Director of Path Forward, a nonprofit organization that creates mid-career internship programs to ease the transition back to work for women (and men) after taking a break for raising children or other caregiving responsibilities. Path Forward trains HR teams and hiring managers on how to support these programs successfully and provides support to participants to make the experience successful. Tami is building this organization from the ground up. In this episode we talked about the structural barriers that prevent women from succeeding after they take time away from their careers and how to address them--and why these experienced professionals can make a great addition to your company in ways you might not realize.
Adam Milligan of Groundwork: Building the Best Tech Team Through Mentoring and Leadership Development
"A strong software team is one that is good at coming up with ideas, not just typing code.
Software is written by teams.
Strong teams are teams that share ideas—that communicate ideas, that collaborate.
We need to find a way to involve [new developers] in the idea generation process so that as they’re providing their ideas, they’re also learning."
This is just a snippet of some of the really thoughtful discussion I had with Adam Milligan about how important it is to create a learning environment if you really do want to build the best technical teams. We discuss what he believes leadership development is all about and how this all leads to diversifying the types of people that will make up great technical teams.
Sarah Sheehan and Toby Hervey of Bravely: Addressing Workplace Conflicts Proactively
Bravely offers conflict and communication coaching for employees navigating issues in the workplace--and so its founders know a thing or two about getting out ahead of issues before they tank a company's culture and worse, bottom line. Through Bravely’s application, employees can confidentially describe the issue they’re facing and schedule a phone consultation with a ‘Pro’, an expert coach or HR professional with deep experience in helping resolve conflict, structure effective communication plans, and develop skills for constructive work relationships.
We talk in the episode about how every single company has issues. Hopefully not all of them are as serious as the ones that make headlines, but 65% of performance problems are linked to strained personal relationships, which happens everywhere. Effective communication among colleagues, even for the small stuff that a lot of people let go, yields a significant impact on workplace wellbeing.
Closing Senior Hires With Vettery (LIVE) w/Co-Founder Adam Goldstein and Adrian Phillips, VP of Design at Spring
Closing senior hires isn't something you can do easily with automation--which is why Vettery leverages its human talent to help companies connect with top candidates. Their candidates accept the majority of interview requests they receive, which is why Vettery's Co-Founder, Adam Goldstein, has so much insight into the recruiting landscape and hire process. I sat down with him live at the offices of Commonbond, along with Adrian Phillips, VP of Design at Spring, who was both a client of spring and is now a customer.
Excellent resource for Startups
This podcast gives very practical and actionable advice, and guests provide concrete examples. As a recruiter/ talent manager for rapidly growing social impact companies I really appreciate this resource.
Awesome show, highly recommend!
Charlie and his guests share actionable and inspiring lessons on how to expertly vet, hire and retain rockstar talent.
Highly recommend listening and subscribing to The Startup Recruiting Podcast if you want the knowledge AND mindsets to find & hire the right people (and reach your overall business goals as a result)!
It's obvious Charlie understands founders and I appreciate the focus and depth with which he's facilitating this pivotal conversation.