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  • SE

    Sean Ellis

    over 4 years ago #

    I figure the easiest way to share my idea is to publicly post it here in the discussion...

    I'd like to try to do is a series of "open source interviews" with potential growth role candidates. Essentially AMAs (ask me anythings) where potential hirers could ask a candidate questions and everyone sees the answers. Even people who aren't hiring could post questions. I think it would be a fascinating way for all of us to get to know a candidate and it's a great way to a candidate to "get noticed" for a great potential role.

    I'm confident lots of lurking hirers would monitor the discussions and reach out to the candidates that catch their interest. In the case of someone who is already in a full time role, we may be able to do the AMA anonymously, so the candidate provides some background, but not their actual name or current company name. They would then have the option of connecting with companies that show interest.

    What do people think about this idea (both candidates and hirers)? Is it only something that applies to a particular level of candidate or is it something that all levels of candidates should consider (Jr and Sr). Any volunteers to be the first to try it?

    • AU

      Aaron Upright

      over 4 years ago #

      Hey Sean, I'm game for this! I think there's some great value on both sides of the equation and like the idea of opening up an interview (AMA style) to the community here on GH. If you're looking for volunteers, I'd love to chat with you more and get involved from Jr. growth hacker perspective.

      I think there's value here in reaching out to Sr. level people as well and seeing if they would be interested in your idea as well. Even if they are well established in there career and aren't currently looking for a new role, their feedback might be really valuable for people hiring. People that are hiring might be asking the wrong types of questions, which Sr people with more experience will pick up on quickly and point out accordingly!

      Feel free to reach out on Twitter, LinkedIn, or through email!

      • SE

        Sean Ellis

        over 4 years ago #

        Great, let's coordinate next week. We'll make you our first Guinea Pig :) Thanks for stepping up!

      • SE

        Sean Ellis

        over 4 years ago #

        Just sent @aaronu a note. Update for everyone else.... We're going to try to do our first one of these tomorrow. We're thinking we'll call it a HireMe AMA .

    • AB

      Austin Brawner

      over 4 years ago #

      Sean, I think this is a great idea!

      I'm one of those lurking hirers that is monitoring the board and was going to reach out already to Ivan from the last discussion. It's a good plan because it's so hard to get your message to the right type of people.

      For anyone reading this who is looking to get hired, here's the link to our position (basically a junior level growth hacker) http://bit.ly/ZBx5a1

      • IK

        Ivan Kreimer

        over 4 years ago #

        That's a really interesting position, @austinbrawner. Is there any way that I can know more about that position?

        Thanks.

      • JQ

        jesse quist

        over 4 years ago #

        This is great, I've been looking for a position like this that gives me the room to learn and add onto my current skills. How would you feel about an applicant from Canada.

      • SE

        Sean Ellis

        over 4 years ago #

        Awesome, thanks @austinbrawner . Great to hear something from someone on the hiring side! Hiring a good marketer/growth hacker is notoriously difficult. Soft skills are at least as important as the hard skills for a marketer. I'll reach out when we get our first AMA live.

      • FS

        farhad sepidfekr

        over 4 years ago #

        Hey Austin, I read your position's description, and I think it can be so interesting for me. How would you feel about an applicant from Iran?

    • CP

      Collin Paran

      over 4 years ago #

      How about a "growthhacking hackathon?" It would be interesting to see something like a 48-hour challenge "growthhack a microbusiness challenge."

      It would allow companies, seeking to hire, an opportunity to see growthhackers in action. For growthhackers, it would be an opportunity to showcase their skills and apply their knowledge in a sudo-realtime situation.

      Anyone interested?

      • IK

        Ivan Kreimer

        over 4 years ago #

        Although interesting, I think it's hard to do, and almost unviable. You can't hack the growth of a startup in 48hs. It would be interesting to develop a month-long challenge, or a similar time frame, for groups of growth hackers to either grow something, or propose growth tactics for a startup.

        Still, this is much harder than doing a code hackathon, or a lean startup hackaton.

    • JE

      Jason Ephraim

      over 4 years ago #

      I think it's a great idea, too @sean. Count me in!

    • ZV

      Zoran Vitez

      over 4 years ago #

      Seems like a great learning opportunity. As a gh newbie handling growth in a startup it would be interesting to see how much (or rather how little) I know and what I need to work on. I'd love to volunteer as a Guinea Pig but I'm not looking for an opportunity right now and I'd probably just embarrass myself :P
      Looking forward to this!

    • BR

      Brian Ritchie

      over 4 years ago #

      Count me in. I'm game.

    • DT

      David Tuite

      over 4 years ago #

      I'll definitely do this. I'm a software engineer looking to transition into a growth oriented role. Might make for an interesting perspective.

  • SE

    Sean Ellis

    over 4 years ago #
  • FS

    farhad sepidfekr

    over 4 years ago #

    @sean I think this is a great opportunity for such a growth hackers like me. I want to have a growth-focused role in a great startup and improve my experience but I have a serious problem:
    I'm from Iran and because of some sanctions I don't have the same opportunities as others. I need a chance to show my abilities and I think this interview is that chance.

  • KB

    kevin Bell

    over 4 years ago #

    Hey @Sean as a recent graduate of Tradecraft I would love to join in on this opportunity.

  • AS

    Amit Sonawane

    over 4 years ago #

    Yes, I am.

  • JS

    Je Se

    over 4 years ago #

    Sean, this is a great idea to help both seekers, hirers, and lurkers.

    How could this work for someone looking to move into a growth role within a current employer? I'm currently a marketing intern and have two months left of my trial period, but would love to be hired to focus on growth. I'd be willing to be a guinea pig.

    Thanks! (Posting anonymously)

  • MG

    Matt Gill

    over 4 years ago #

    I'm looking as well!

  • SE

    Sandra Edwards

    over 4 years ago #

    Hey Sean, I love this idea. I'm in the process of interviewing for three growth roles right now and would love the chance to both practice answering potential questions and also learn about other openings.

  • WW

    William Wickey

    over 4 years ago #

    Sound like a cool idea. I am interested.

  • AA

    Adrien Abbasi

    over 4 years ago #

    I would like to participate in this discussion either as a GH newbie or someone who might be hiring a GH for a new startup in Orange County, CA. Thanks!

    • SE

      Sean Ellis

      over 4 years ago #

      Welcome to Growth Hackers Adrien. Did you know that most of the GrowthHackers.com team is based on Orange County? :)

      • AA

        Adrien Abbasi

        over 4 years ago #

        Interesting! Did not know Sean but would love to connect with locals. We just started a new project and are very close to launch. I would like to learn some of the GH skills although finding someone who can come on board to help would be of tremendous help. I believe this topic is the perfect start. Looking forward to it. Thanks for the reply.

  • PS

    Prachi Singh

    over 4 years ago #

    Hey @sean! Heard you speak at Tradecraft, thanks again for the great advice! I love this idea - count me in.

  • KD

    Karolis Dzeja

    over 4 years ago #

    Yes. What's your idea?

  • SJ

    Sunny Juneja

    over 4 years ago #

    I'm looking for opportunities in growth and would be interested in an "open source interview." I'm pretty new to GHing and growthackers.com. What are some good blogs/books to get myself in a growth mindset?

  • MK

    Mira Kekarainen

    over 4 years ago #

    I probably am not suitable for this experiment, but getting exited here all the same. I think this could be developed to be a part of recruiting processes in a wider context as well. Maybe adding a "AskMeAnything"commend section to i.e LinkedIn profiles could help people find potential and opportunities. And it would be a great way for not just recruiters but cooperation partners etc. to really get to know who they're operating with.

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