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Tricks of the Trade on How to Recruit Engineers

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Published on Dec 11, 2013

OK, so you're running the engineering team at a hot startup, and you need to hire at a rapid rate. How do you manage the process? How do you find the perfect candidates?

Our panelists teased out a couple of key techniques.
• Abbott noted that you can't interview everyone yourself, you need to start delegating to others. However, Feng noted that people need to be trained in how to conduct interviews to be most effective.

• Feng noted that it can be a huge time-saver to have effective phone screens before bringing candidates in for on-site interviews -- and it also helps to keep track of which phone screeners are most effective at bringing in candidates that actually get hired. Flipboard tracks several such metrics, which help the company maximize their hiring methods.

• Rogers noted that one powerful technique is to make an offer to candidates on the day they come in for an interview. "The chances are they will accept a lot faster," he says.

• Both Khune and Feng have some candidates solve coding problems ahead of the interview process; Feng says it provides key talking points for the phone screeners. He uses that technique in particular with candidates they meet at college recruiting events. "We have people explain their solutions," Feng says. "You can't copy. You can't cheat."

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