Recruiting Questions


3 Votes
1 Answers
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Persuading software engineers to join a new startup?

I'm a non-technical founder who has been able to get by with outsourced consultants on ODesk for a while.But now that revenues are growing, I want to hire one or two PHP coders onsite. I've posted...

asked Jun 9 '14 at 18:10
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Sonya Dave
19 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
994 Views
How to organize your hiring pipeline?

How should a small startup organize their hiring pipeline? We're a team of 8 so don't have a dedicated HR person. Way too early for that. So we keep an excel file to manage candidates we interview....

asked Jun 11 '14 at 14:56
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Michael Brown
14 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.31K Views
How to reject candidates after an interview?

What's the best way to say no to candidates who clearly aren't a good fit for the company?It's as awkward for me to do as firing someone. I would like to do it in a way that doesn't reflect bad on...

asked Jun 16 '14 at 23:45
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Connie Banes
12 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
711 Views
Advice for hiring employee #1 at a solo founder startup?

What are some challenges you've faced and advice for hiring your first employee at an un-funded, solo founder startup?I am about to launch my product and need to hire a sales person to help with...

asked Jun 17 '14 at 22:56
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Maria Fagundes
7 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.08K Views
Are certification programs worth any credibility when evaluating candidates?

Especially in marketing, a lot of sales people have certifications from Google, BrainBench or smaller providers like ExpertRatings.Are these certification programs worth anything in terms of...

asked Jun 25 '14 at 19:42
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James Campbell
12 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.08K Views
Does a candidates appearance / behavior on social media effect your hiring decision?

Before hiring someone, most startups try to find out as much as possible about them by hitting Google and checking their publicly available social media profiles (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram,...

asked Jul 8 '14 at 16:55
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Carl Rosas
12 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.05K Views
Does GPA matter when hiring software engineers?

How important of a signal is the grades and college GPA of a software engineering candidate if they already have 1 or 2 years of experience?Should startups even ask for grades / transcripts of...


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Should you create a standardized recruitment process for a new startup?

I'm the business co-founder in our startup and creating processes to keep things running smoothly and being able to focus on sales.Should startups have a process in the place for hiring? If so,...

asked Jul 21 '14 at 15:03
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Ralph Setzer
9 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.08K Views
If a candidate's first question is about salary, is that a potential red flag?

During an interview, when asking candidates if they have any questions, if they first question they ask is about their salary, is that a negative?Would be an indication that they haven't bought...

asked Aug 4 '14 at 13:58
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Alvin Smith
14 points

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3 Answers
1.39K Views
What criteria should you judge candidates on when hiring?

We are looking to hire our first two employees and have no prior experience in recruiting.What are the most important things that we should look for in a candidate?The first would obviously be...

asked Aug 6 '14 at 15:42
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Dennis Fidler
2 points

2 Votes
2 Answers
1.11K Views
How to get freelancers to work on your website?

Releasing a website soon to connect ordinary people, students, business men with teachers and professionals, how do I recruit the teachers and professionals?

asked Jun 22 '15 at 02:46
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C Wakeboard
11 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
518 Views
Recruiting recent college grads: how to test skills with no prior experience?

We're looking to hire some junior level software engineers who will likely be recent college graduates. Most of the time, these candidates have little to experience that we can do reference checks...

asked Jun 2 '14 at 20:26
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Marie Newton
9 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
776 Views
Should you judge a candidate on cultural fit if they wear a suit to the interview?

For startups, if a potential candidate comes for an interview wearing a suit, is that a flag that they might not be a cultural fit?

asked May 30 '14 at 22:45
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Ellen Davenport
7 points

1 Votes
0 Answers
701 Views
Things to look out for in a candidate's resume that are warning signs?

After finally getting approved for a SBA loan, we're going to hire our first two employees. What are some things I should look out for in resumes' that should be questioned?One such thing is short...

asked May 23 '14 at 15:56
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Veronica Holman
7 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
730 Views
Overhead costs of employees?

What are the common overhead costs associated with full time employees?I've heard that if a developer's salary is $100K, he actually costs the company $150K.I can't see where all the expenses would...

asked May 3 '14 at 15:12
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Jade Livingston
14 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
1.05K Views
Hiring software engineers: should you look for overall experience or expertise of a specific language?

When hiring software engineers, should you place more weight on the expertise of the specific language or framework you are using, or overall skill and experience.i.e. A great engineer with 10+...

asked Apr 18 '14 at 00:12
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William Jensen
14 points

2 Votes
1 Answers
530 Views
What metrics to keep track on for recruiting?

What some of the most important metrics that an HR department should keep track of.The way we should be watching conversion metrics when building landing pages, similarly, what numbers should a...

asked Apr 6 '14 at 13:42
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Kathleen Ziemba
12 points

1 Votes
1 Answers
735 Views
Take-home programming assignment for job applicants? Good or bad?

Is it better to have software engineering candidates code during the interview or let them do it from home?Since most engineers are introverts, my guess would be that allowing them to code from...

asked Apr 1 '14 at 14:59
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William Thomas
7 points

3 Votes
2 Answers
612 Views
Why aren't more startups willing to hire remotely?

With talented people being so hard to find, why do startups still struggle for months trying to hire someone in their city?

asked Mar 31 '14 at 21:12
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Pablo Rosa
19 points

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2 Answers
493 Views
Top ways a software engineer can screw up an interview?

What are the most often occurring things that developers do due to which they don't get hired?

asked Mar 29 '14 at 21:57
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Kara Tyler
2 points