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Resumes are overrated for startup hiring

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Angela Skipper
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Abhay Parekh is the co-founder and CEO of recruiting startup Lytmus.As every entrepreneur knows, an idea is only as good as the team executing it.

The winnowed down pool is then vetted through a series of interviews, and the emerging finalist s are offered a job.The hope is that the combination of resume screening and time consuming interviews will result in the best future employees: ones who will help make the company a big success.Unfortunately, things don t usually work out so perfectly.

You shouldn t focus solely on candidates who have worked at hot companies since you will tend to overlook great people from lesser known companies.

Since everyone is going after the same set of people, especially for technical jobs, the candidate pool can often be overfishedThus the chance that your startup is going to snag a real star, is extremely small.

There are numerous studies that show there is a high degree of bias introduced by an over-reliance on resumes and a tendency for interviewers to simply look for people much like themselves.

Once the work product is in, interviewers should heavily weight their evaluation on that result/performance.While job requirements vary greatly, even for small teams at early stage startups, there are two simple rules that will help drive you to better hiring across any open positions.

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