How to find top talent for your startup

Approach every interview with the hope and goal that you're finding the perfect candidate. This means you need planning, preparation, and enthusiasm

No one is perfect in an interview. If they are they probably interview so much you may need another way of assessing them. But expecting candidates to “perform” perfectly in an interview is just that…asking them to perform.

Your goal in an interview is to get a sense of the real person, it’s to dig not just into the performance and skills piece but through it to find the authentic person and authentic people are not perfect.

Top talent comes in all shapes and sizes

Here are some things to remember when conducting an interview.

  • Candidates are nervous
    • You should want all your candidates to be a little nervous, it means they are genuinely interested and the idea of not perfecting the interview scares them. Help make them comfortable.
  • This is an interview not an interrogation
    • Don’t pelt people with questions, try engaging in conversation, you’ll wind up learning more about them.
    • Probe for more info when you need it, but sometimes you’ll need to ask a leading question to get them to open the flood gates you’re looking for, don’t hold back from a leading question and then make assumptions about what they would have said.

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