How to hire great people for a new startup company?



  • I am a mid-level computer engineer and want to establish my own company. I found a new idea and after some researches decided to work on it. So the next step was finding and hiring new people for my startup. But there was a problem. My problem was that my project is a big project and needs some expert developers working on it. But when I post jobs in my country, I find 2 types of people:

    1- The expert developers who come for meetings but when they find this is a new company and there are no other member teams, they give up and leave, and the main thing they say is "we prefer to work for a famous company with big teams".

    2- Computer students who are seeking internship or workplace experience or a part-time job! They don't know the technologies I want to use and have don't experience using them but they show a passion to learn.

    My goal was to hire the people from the first group but after I couldn't do it, I decided to think about the second group. But I think I am in a wrong way and don't know how to find the right way?



  • Notwithstanding my comment about the proper exchange, you are dealing with a normal problem of 1) prediction of future performance, and 2) how to attract good employees.

    The first problem is a huge problem. Predictive indicators that we tend to use are not that predictive. One of them is experience. Experience is one of the most widely used criterion, the one many put a ton of trust in, but is one of the weakest predictors you can use. Worse than tossing a coin (Hunter & Hunter, 1984). So you may not be solving the problem you want to solve by looking at someone with a years and years experience. You get someone who is new or relatively new, you may end up with a higher performer in the long run. There are hyper performers with a short resume. Don't rule them out.

    That being written, if you do want someone more senior in the fold, don't offer employment but offer an investment. Make him / her your partner instead. Find an entrepreneur.

    I think this is a Joel Spolsky quote: (not an exact quote here) find someone smart who can get things done.



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