From small teams in my last post, to expansion and growth in this one … our growing pains are starting early.
We’ve yet to even hire new blood, but I am already fearful of the addition.
While we need some help to manage the increased load of vendor and bride interest around the product, I hesitate to mess with our little family, and the interviews we’ve had thus far aren’t helping to calm my anxieties.
I’ve hired before, but for startups and small teams the decision can be more challenging and what you’re looking for is a bit different. One person makes a greater impact on a team of five than on a large corporate environment of hundreds.
From our search for what should be a seemingly easy position to fill, I have come up with three tips for finding the perfect startup new hire. I’m not claiming to be THE expert. I’ve made my share of bad hiring decisions, but I’ve learned along the way.
Interviews at BrideRush are nothing like those I would have done in the past. They are not traditional in appearance, they are somewhat traditional in the qualities we are assessing.
Test this by asking a simple one word question, “Why?” This is your business, your baby, so trust that you will know a wining answer when you hear it.
Test this by creating change within the interview itself. Be creative. I change up some aspect of what the position entails to see if the candidate catches this and asks for clarification. I also mix up who they will be interviewing with, and the order of the interview. Basically, there is no set flow to the interview; it is every which way just like a typical day in our offices. Bottom line: Observe how the candidate handles the unexpected.
Test this by asking a silly question to see if the candidate can relax. Spoiler alert for any future BrideRush candidates: We always ask, “dog or cat?” There is no right answer, but it is interesting to see reactions. Plus, we are one of those startups where our dogs visit the office, but don’t worry we speak meow, too.