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July 06, 2016
Applying the lessons of 'lean start-up' and 'agile development' to hiring staff..
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Testing a hiring hypothesis. Matt Jukes @jukesie
These are my lessons learned.
@jukesie In 2015/16 I personally interviewed 60+ people and
@jukesie On ﬁve occasions advertised jobs led to zero candidates.
The biggest digital transformation challenge is people not technology. Me.
@jukesie Research your job titles. Don’t get cute. Don’t be
clever. Do be clear. Do be honest.
@jukesie A/B test the job titles. Use free job boards,
social media and mailing lists and track which work best.
@jukesie Write real job descriptions. Get people doing the jobs
to help. It is OK to be aspirational but don’t ask for the world.
@jukesie Ask the community for help. Draft job descriptions on
Hackpad. Twitter polls on job titles. Feedback on interview processes.
@jukesie Make the case for joining. Job descriptions are not
enough. Write blogposts, speak at meetups, sponsor unconferences.
@jukesie Play to your strengths. If you can’t compete on
salary talk about other beneﬁts. Not the foosball or the game nights. The challenge. The mission. The team.
@jukesie Tap into your network. You are probably only one
or two degrees of seperation from the best candidate. Build and nurture networks.
@jukesie Take interviews seriously. Use consistent questions. Never interview alone.
Agree with other interviewer what you are looking for in a successful candidate. Specialist interviewers for specialist roles.
@jukesie Be willing to wait. There is often pressure to
ﬁll a vacancy. Waiting for the right candidate rather than the available candidate saves time in the long run.
@jukesie It doesn’t end at the interview. Give useful feedback
to unsuccessful candidates. Keep communicating with the successful candidate. Just sending an offer email and a start date is not enough.
@jukesie Introductions over induction. Plan the ﬁrst week or two
for any new hire carefully with a mix of the mundane and the interesting. Don’t overwhelm them but get them involved asap. Make them feel welcome and wanted.
Thanks. Matt Jukes http://productforthepeople.xyz