Startup Hiring: How to Find the Perfect Candidate Without Going Insane

In this episode of Business Systems Explored, Vinay explains the system he uses to hire at Process Street.


Hiring is the single most important thing any company does.

It’s right at the top of the chain, and the effects filter down to impact revenue, reach, signups, customer satisfaction, and more.

So, instead of settling on someone early because you can’t be bothered to manage relationships with hundreds of candidates, you should try the system described in this podcast.

The system involves ways to automatically reach out to great potential candidates, screen with automation, and use AI to schedule meetings. And, it’s nowhere near as complex as it sounds.

Listen to this episode to learn this semi-automated system for yourself and get it set up in a few hours!

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Show notes:

  •  How to source and interview great candidates
  • Using AngelList to find your new star employees
  • How to interview 30 people a week
  • Managing your stress while doing a ton of interviews
  • The pressures of hiring and onboarding employees
  • What AngelList is, and how to use it
  • AngelList’s suite of recruiting tools explained
  • Doing interview outreach through AngelList
  • AngelList vs
  • How you can save $30,000 per placement with AngelList
  • The complete system Vinay uses to source, interview and hire from AngelList
  • How to not make a total mess of hiring
  • Managing interviews with Trello and
  • Using Zapier to automatically process potential employee communication
  • Vinay’s interview scheduling process
  • Organizing candidates into ‘yes’, ‘no’, and ‘maybe’
  • Hiring generalists vs specialists in a startup
  • Balancing personal experience against an impressive resume
  • Creating a criteria to filter out applicants
  • Scheduling calls with applicants using an email AI
  • The tools used to chat with applicants
  • How to centralize your data when recruiting in multiple stages
  • Applicant tracking systems to try
  • Automating the screening process to save time
  • Working with Process Street checklists in the hiring process
  • Testing for hunger in junior roles
  • Time-saving shortcuts you need to know
  • The different systems for junior and senior hires
  • Narrowing down your pool of candidates without any extra work
  • How you can make this system in an afternoon
  • Henry Ford’s take on business systems and conventional knowledge
  • Why hiring is the most important thing a CEO does

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Vinay Patankar

CEO and Co-Founder of Process Street. Find him on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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