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Another great post & video by Eric Siu on how to successfully recruit great employees for your company. He borrows Sean Ellis' phrase, 'how to growth hack recruiting."
nice post Ben. I've been tranlating the concepts of CRO/gorwth hacking into other parts of the business recently. What I found was that basically GH/CRO is very related to Lean/six sigma process design/improvement. The concepts in this article are great becuase they take the familar CRO/GH funnels etc and apply solid data driven process improvement (optimization).
Note: I'm speaking from my experience from hiring tech resources in a 60-person startup.
I've found the fewer gates I put up, the better the candidates I attract.
Our interview process used to include several rounds starting with email questions, a phone interview, team interview #1, team interview #2, etc. In retrospect, this process did not yield better hires.
So we really streamlined our process. If we think a candidate is remotely a fit, we bring the candidate into our office as soon as possible (we use our office as a recruiting tool because it's kinda awesome). My assumption is I will want to hire this candidate at the end of the process so I need to start wooing the candidate from the first contact. Typically we can make a hire/no-hire decision that same day. If the decision is a Yes, then we call the person right away (we've made a few offers on the spot).
By having a frictionless process for the candidate, we ended up with a much wider funnel and was able to have a larger candidate pool. The (huge) downside to this was the time we spent with each candidate. We could spend 3 to 4 hours with a candidate we don't hire. Every "methodology" has its tradeoffs.
"Every “methodology” has its tradeoffs."
Couldn't have said it better.
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