Businessweek has a nice refresher on recruiting top management. While it primarily seems to be written for large companies, the lessons are equally relevant to startups. Of course, there are some additional points one needs to keep in mind when recruiting for startups:

  • Sell a personal vision – not just of where the company wants to be, but also why the prospective candidate should get involved. Money? Significance? Career advancement? Broad-skilling?
  • Build credibility – let others speak for you. Customers? Investors? Advisors?
  • Prepare well – have a detailed view on why you need this person – is he going to feel overqualified once he comes in?
  • Hire the best – this is a motherhood statement, but one which cant be emphasized enough, especially for startups.

Any others that have been useful in your experience?