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KPCB 12-200 Engineering Meet-Up - Why You Need an Internal Recruiter?

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Published on Dec 11, 2013

If you want to be an effective recruiter, it helps if you like to drink beer.

That's just of the insights that cropped up during a recent panel about engineer recruiting techniques hosted by KPCB general partner Mike Abbott in San Francisco. Participants included Abhi Khune, the head of infrastructure at Pinterest; Flipboard CTO (and Kleiner alum) Eric Feng; and Nest founder and engineering VP Matt Rogers. Abbott himself played that role when he ran the engineering team at Twitter.

Rogers, risking the wrath of recruiting firms everywhere, advised startup execs to hire internal recruiters and shun external recruiting firms. A great recruiter, he says, is "worth their weight in gold." Feng finds great utility from online recruitment tools like LinkedIn, which have a vast pool of candidates.

Feng also advises having founders and execs make the initial outreach, rather than recruiters themselves. Furthermore, Rogers adds that rather than ask people to come into the office for an interview, he likes to ask people to go out for beers. "It works every time," he says.

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