Startup Hiring: Creating a Recruiting Plan for a New Search
When kicking off a search for a new employee, it is important to have a clear picture of what you want to do so you can focus on the goal. Setting expectations for the search is key. Most expansion-stage companies have multiple openings running simultaneously, so having a written recruiting plan is essential to stay on track.
Before you start recruiting make sure you can answer these questions:
- What is the search?
- Who are the decision makers?
- What are the constraints on the search?
- What are the criteria for the search?
- What is the recruiting strategy?
- What is the projected outcome?
Next, create a recruiting plan for the hiring strategy:
Phase 1: Planning
Phase 2: Sourcing
- First, reach out to internal networks. Second, create a target list of companies to recruit from. Third, start outreach to candidates from these companies to entice and gain referrals. Keep in mind that you should be adding to your target list as your come across new companies and candidates.
Phase 3: Screening
- These are the initial calls and phone interviews made to candidates. The goal here is to explain the company, culture, and position in detail and to get a better understanding of each candidate’s experience to determine if he or she aligns with the target profile and company culture. If it’s a potential fit, move the candidate forward in the interview process.
Phase 4: Interviewing
- Follow the interview process determined in the planning stage, during which the team meets with the candidate to better assess the candidate.
Phase 5: Feedback
- Regroup internally to discuss specific feedback/concerns from the interviews and decide on next steps. If a candidate will not be moved forward in the process, be sure to follow up.
Phase 6: Offer
- Create the offer package and offer strategy, then extend the offer.