It's been a busy week for Clinch HQ!
No sooner had three intrepid team members returned from San Francisco and TechCrunch, than another headed off to London. There for one night only, I popped over to check out the latest Talent Hackers event on "hacking candidate sourcing."
On the same day as I flew out, the rest of the team made the somewhat shorter trip out to the Liberties and the NDRC, where Clinch was competing as one of 30 finalists in the ESB Spark of Genius. Here’s a quick wrap-up of how everything wentSpark of Genius
Back in early September, we were thrilled to find out that we’d made the finals of this year’s ESB Spark of Genius. Run in conjunction with Web Summit, Spark of Genius gives “promising and high-potential startups the chance to pitch in front of a distinguished panel of judges that includes investors, media and industry heavyweights.”
Of the 30 finalists pitching on Wednesday, three would proceed to the final round in November when they’ll compete to win $25,000, and be crowned “Ireland’s best startup!”
Given our recent shift in focus, we were excited to share our vision in front of an audience of our fellow startups - the target users for our new SaaS offering.
And so, with his shoes shone and vocal warm-up exercises complete, (anyone else hearing Ron Burgundy and “the arsonist had oddly shaped feet?”), Paddy headed down to the NDRC, raring to go and ready to pitch like he’d never pitched before.
While we weren’t one of the final three selected, it was a great experience and one that will prove hugely valuable in helping us to further refine our pitch.
The focus of this event was “how to hack candidate sourcing,” with speakers from companies including UsTwo and ForwardPartners sharing their insights on better ways to engage and attract great candidates.
The event also facilitated some live talent hacking by Tris Revill from Blippar, who showed us how to use a Google search bar to find suitable candidates.
Hands down, the highlights of the night for me, however, were the presentations from the other two speakers: Laura Kennett from the People Team at Us Two, and Matt Buckland, Head of Talent at Forward Partners.
I’ll explore their ideas more in some later posts, but for now, I thought I'd share just a few of their noteworthy quotes.
Laura, on hiring using culture:
- “Great people + great environment = great product.”
- “We’re what we like to call, a “fampany:” more than a company, not quite a family.”
- “If your culture is people-centred and you’re open about that, it’s easier to find the right kind of people to bring on board.”
Matt, on creating better job descriptions:
- “There isn’t just one culture at a business. Write different descriptions for different jobs in different departments.”
- “It’s just as important that people NOT apply for your job as it is that they apply.”
- “Most job descriptions don’t get beyond “food and water.” If you have the licence to create, you'll probably be better off."
Cold pizza and warm beer aside (the event ran late!), my first Talent Hackers event was a good one. I met some lovely people, and made the most of the opportunity to practice my Clinch pitch and see which elements of the product and or vision resonated with a different kind of audience - those whose professional focus is on people, as opposed to software.
On We Go
From San Francisco to Dublin, to London, and back, the latest Clinch software and the vision that goes with it, has been pitched and demoed, tried and tested. We've got a handle on it now, and we stand firm in our beliefs.
We believe that hiring doesn't have to be so hard. We believe that by engaging your company's fans from day one, you can build a better candidate pool so that when it does come time to hire, you'll enjoy an experience that's faster, cheaper, and easier. That's why we've created software that lets companies build and share their employer brand and talk to candidates directly.
No matter where we go, or who we talk to, the general feeling is the same: we're on the right track.
And so, it's on we go!