Our client was a multi million dollar venture backed startup having a 200+ member product team in the US. This was built over the 5-6 years and they had some of the best technologists in the industries from schools like Stanford and UCLA. Their director was relocating to Hyderabad, India to build a similar team.
The Challenge: To build the best engineering team in both frontend and backend within 3 months, to ramp up product development from India
The Approach: We took a few unique steps to find the right talent.
> Typical CV databases have limited number of candidates of the quality that we needed. Most of them were passive candidate. While LinkedIn had a decent number of candidates, it was difficult to see if they would fit into the startup culture
> We started looking at places where coders hangout - stackoverflow, coderwall, github and others and started talking to people on what they do outside work.
> Branding was important as the company didn't have a presence in India yet. We started sharing a lot of information about the company including funding information, press reviews, CEO interviews and engineering team profiles.
The Result: We pretty much closed all the open roles in Frontend and also made some active closures in the backend as well.
Two years later, when the company got acquired for almost $400 million, the now sizeable HYD team won appreciation and accolades for its contribution toward development of the product. We were glad to know that we played a small part as well
To top it up, the director who setup the HYD team joined another startup in the US and we are now setting up their team in San Francisco.
An outdoor advertising client asked us to hunt for a media research person who is strong in data mining,field research,analytics & media planning for OOH.The client gave us 3 days to source profile as position was vacant for more than 3 weeks.Although it was a junior position, client was newly on-board and we were desperate to leave a good impression on our first assignment.
Challenge: We knew right away that designation was bit misleading and getting people from mainline market research firms was going to be an uphill task due to following constraints
One of our clients wanted to set up a team of copywriters,SEO's,account managers,creative etc to service a new account which they recently acquired.
Challenge: The client wanted to close all roles within 15 days.Since team was to be located at branch office, a very senior manager was to fly down from head office for final round of interviews.The manager wanted us to schedule all the interviews on a single day.
Approach: We got down to business immediately and shortlisted profiles based on experience,competence,work samples & more importantly their availability for the final round of interviews with Sr Manager.We even got salary slips & experience credentials from prospective candidates in advance so as to avoid usual paper work delays at the time of final offer.