Recruiting for EMs 101 from John Egan
Recruiting For Eng Managers 101
Author: John Egan (jwegan@)
To give you a sense of how much work it takes to get 1 hire, you need to either have 500 external candidates apply on their own through the jobs site, source and reach out to 100 candidates, or get 20 referrals (where referral means that someone has already talked their friend into interviewing at Pinterest). These numbers are just averages and for senior roles or more competitive disciplines (ex: machine learning) these numbers can easily double.
Strategy #1: Root Sourcing
If you are looking for engineers for a particular specialty (ex: machine learning), go to the LinkedIn profile of engineers you know who work on machine learning. Click “See All Connections” in the right sidebar. Depending on their privacy settings, you might not be able to view all of their connections. This strategy works great since people who do X tend to have a lot of connections with other people who do X. A more advanced tactic can be to start adding industry leaders in X as a connection on LinkedIn. Just say you admire their work or something in the connection invite, then if you’re lucky, their connections won’t be private and they will be an excellent source for finding people working in X.