Startup Hiring: Creating a Recruiting Plan for a New Search

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When kicking off a search for a new employee, it is important to have a clear picture of what you want to do so you can focus on the goal. Setting expectations for the search is key. Most expansion-stage companies have multiple openings running simultaneously, so having a written recruiting plan is essential to stay on track.

Before you start recruiting make sure you can answer these questions:

  1. What is the search?
  2. Who are the decision makers?
  3. What are the constraints on the search?
  4. What are the criteria for the search?
  5. What is the recruiting strategy?
  6. What is the projected outcome?

Next, create a recruiting plan for the hiring strategy:

Phase 1: Planning

  • Determine who the decision makers are and work with hiring managers to define the job profile, budget, interview process and projected timeline. Create a targeted job description based on essential functions and qualifications for position.

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