Frequently Asked Questions


Finding software engineers for startups takes a different approach in order to get commitment. The three things you need to consider are compensation, stock and title. For senior level engineers it’s important to present your vision of growth that will attract the right talent, but also be prepared to give more than a competitive compensation package that includes stock (if possible). And don’t forget to add “Senior” to any role that will be considered a founding level engineer.
There are many resources online to find technical recruiters or IT Head Hunters. Some tools that can help are reviews at glassdoor.com, anglieslist.com and of course the chamber of commerce.
Silicon Valley is stronger than ever in terms of innovation. Some of the best staffing firms can be found by simply checking Google, Bing or Yahoo. It's always important to look at what specialization they cover and if they have a proven track record in filling those positions.
With the shift in mobile development we see a high request in mobile engineers. Often times you can meet engineers at Meetup.com where events specialize in mobile engineers. It’s always recommended to get involved with the community to meet innovators and engineers in your field. Another way, is to search for staffing firms online that have relevant specialization.
When it comes to San Francisco, Los Angeles or New York it's becoming easier to find engineers based on the number of startups companies migrating to big cities. The city presents a good lifestyle and better location to attract Android or iOS engineers based on the proximity of companies like Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare & Google. There is a good pool of talent looking for innovative companies to work at.
There are two options when it comes to iOS applications. The first is to determine if you want to engage an outside firm to own your project whereby you simply pay a fixed fee for temporary staff to build your application. Alternatively, you may want to hire a full-time iOS Engineer who will become part of your organization and run the development for this application. Make sure to ask for their portfolio and sample code to ensure you know the qualify of work they can provide. You can find iOUS engineers easily by working with a staffing agency that specializes in iOS.
Start with 3 key steps: 1. First determine if their current work is relevant to the applications you need to have built. Second, set up a phone interview that allows you to share your vision of the role, as well as, dig into their resume to learn about the career progression. Thirdly, bring them on-site and have an interactive interview which includes on-the-fly coding and problem solving with your technical team. Remember not to ask questions that make candidates feel ignorant like these: http://www.businessinsider.com/15-google-interview-questions-that-used-to-make-geniuses-feel-dumb-2012-11#how-many-golf-balls-can-fit-in-a-school-bus-1
If you are looking for a full-time software developer you may want to consider a candidate subscription. It's a technical database that can provide a volume of candidates. Although the effort of searching and recruitment will need to be done on your side, it might be a first step in your process. You may also want to consider social networks like LinkedIn.com, facebook.com and Google Plus.
It’s important to realize that everyone wants to feel loved before getting married. More importantly, to get the best candidate you need to present the best offer. A few things to consider: Understand what a candidate currently makes and improve their net gain by 15%-20% (minimum). You also want to meet with them and present the offer in person if possible. It streamlines the process and you can make impromptu modifications if necessary. Remember, if it feels right on both sides you shouldn’t have to “close” them…they will be excited to join.
The typical background checks you want to consider when hiring a new employee include: County and Federal Criminal Records, Employment Verification, Credit Check and Employment Drug Screening.
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