HackerEarth is scaling. We’re rapidly adding developers, marketers and sales people to our team. At least with developers, you’d think that HackerEarth would have it easy, right? For a company that sources the best developers to companies all over, we shouldn’t have a problem finding a few developers for ourselves, right?
Unfortunately, recruiting is a lot more that finding developers. It’s a lot like dating – there are men and women in this world. Most of these men and women are looking for partners. But does that make finding a date easy? Of course not!
The point is, at a startup, you’re not only looking for a kickass developer. You’re looking for someone who relates to the problem your company is trying to solve. If they relate to it, they’ve also got to be motivated enough to tirelessly work on it. And if they’re willing to tirelessly work on it, they must be willing to take a significant pay cut from their market value and value company equity as the same.
And if you manage to find someone who’s willing to go through all of this, then you’ve still got to make sure that they fit the culture that you’ve envisioned for the company.
So you see, hiring a developer for a startup isn’t as easy as you think it is. However, having been associated with startups for a good few years, here’s a 5 step process that can help you hire a developer for your startup.