Photo from PhotoCity

In Startup Recruitment, Agility is Required

Recruiting for a corporation is so incredibly different to recruiting for an expansion stage technology startup.

Photo from PhotoCity

In a Fortune 500 company, it’s normal for a requisition to take weeks — even months — for final approval. There are so many layers of red tape involved that when you know it’s approved, it’s there to stay until an offer is made and accepted. In a startup, however, if a CEO, founder, or managing director says, “We need to hire a right away,” then consider the requisition fully approved and begin your search!

But at the same time, don’t expect the hiring need to be permanent.

We all know that in a startup environment, things can change with the flip of a switch. A director of sales one minute could be the top hiring priority, then suddenly it’s irrelevant and the goal is to bring on board a software engineer ASAP.

Agility, part of OpenView Venture Partners’ aspirations and values, is absolutely critical. If you’re not able to shift gears quickly and turn your day upside-down to deliver results, then the venture capital and startup recruitment world may not be for you. This is exactly how things go in a young organization – it’s volatile, it’s crazy,  and it’s actually really fun — especially when you pull off your goal under a pressing deadline.

Just a few weeks ago, I was originally tasked with hiring a lead qualification specialist and an event marketer for an IaaS provider in the Northeast. Barely 48 hours later, the event marketer opening was nixed and the lead qualification specialist need went from one to three! And these hires needed to be made yesterday.
Still, I enjoy the chaos expected and the agility required in this role and believe I’ll have three offer letters signed by the end of the week. I’ll keep you all posted – thanks for reading!

Victor Mahillon
Victor Mahillon
Director of Recruiting

Victor Mahillon is the Director of Recruiting at Kamcord. Previously he was a Talent manager at OpenView.
You might also like ...
Leadership
4 Tips for Setting Your Company's Annual Rhythm

Every company starts the new year with big goals and aspirations. But how many of those companies actually accomplish them?

by Kristin Hillery
Product Marketing
How to Get Your First 100 Customers—Smart, Actionable Advice from Top Executives

Leaders from Twilio, IBM, SurveyMonkey and more share their best tips.

by Casey Renner
Startup Strategy
We Explored 3 Product Positioning and Branding Failures. Here’s What NOT to Do.

B2B brand and product positioning will only continue to become more important with the rise of the End User Era.

by Margaret Kelsey