I am starting to hire people int our startup. We actually need to hire very quickly and effectively at the same time as we don't have a lot of chance to make mistakes.
What is the best book anyone would recommend for hiring, that would work well in a 3 people startup? I'm hoping to find something that is quite actionable and I can read through this weekend to be ready to start hiring next week.
Thanks in advance.
I would definitely recommend Joel Spolsky's Smart and Gets Things Done. It's quite readable in one weekend since it's nice and small, and to the point with most chapters.
At the early stage of a startup, you're going to need folks who can wear multiple hats, so for example in one software company where I was their 4th employee, hired as a software developer, I also had to take lead when it came to things I knew well, like technical operations (setting up VoIP, servers, source control in the new office) as well as things I learnt on the job from the founders like recruiting, technical interviewing, behavioral interviewing, event management, negotiating terms and conditions, office management etc.
I vouch for Joel's book because it reinforces the real lessons I learnt on the field about the value of having persons like me who can 'run with' tasks when given them, even if it's outside their expertise, and don't need much hand holding to get the job done.
Having the book also enabled me to transfer some of this knowledge in a more concrete way (what's more concrete than a book) to those who I handed over some of my 'hats' to as the company grew.
For hiring, the 3 stages in the previous answer are excellent guidelines, that is of