Has anyone had strong recruitment success done mostly in-house without the use of a recruiter?
We have been trying to fill an engineering team lead role for six months. It’s a pivotal role to the company and the candidate must be chosen with care. The role is unique because we are looking for an engineering manager who can plan, structure, and guide the team while still contributing on a high-level technically (30% planning and leadership / 70% hands-on coding). The ideal candidate has 5-10 years of industry experience and has previously led a team before. Essentially, we’ve been looking for candidates in a “sweet spot” of their career.
We have been focusing on recruitment without the use of a recruiter. We conduct outbound consistently each week and have explored the use of LinkedIn, AngelList, ZipRecruiter, Indeed, and the Stanford Alumni board with a total of less than 100 candidates in six months. We use Lever to manage our funnel and have had the most applicants from our Job site (33%, original source unknown), free LinkedIn postings (29%), and Paid LinkedIn (19%). However, the outbound emails sent by our CTO (6% of applicants) have made up 33% of our strongest candidates. We offer a $2k referral bonus. Results overall haven’t been what we want them to be and we’re curious if anyone else has been in a similar role.