Here are some more key
findings from State of Software Development at Start-ups survey:
35% of the start-ups rely on
referrals to hire suitable candidates for vacancies with them. 30% explore
professional networks. Only 13% use recruitment agencies or head hunters. 10% have an in-house recruiter and 9% use
online HR portals.
When a candidate is referred
by an employee, there are more chances that he is suitable to the job and the
company. After all, the employee knows both the candidate and the company.
Also, getting referred candidates on-board is easier because the employee would
have given a detailed look into what it is like working with the company.
Start-ups value experience
more than anything else when hiring. 69% said that work experience is top
priority for short-listing candidates for subsequent rounds of assessment. The
second most important criterion for selection is cultural fit. 60% look for
cultural fit while hiring. Employers
consider test projects and side projects more important than B.Sc/M.Sc degrees
or any other certifications.
Start-ups are small teams.
Delivering results in such environment necessitates getting along with the team
and supporting one another. When there are a handful of people, the company
cannot afford office politics and dysfunctional team.
79% of start-ups surveyed
said that they promise interesting and challenging tasks to attract talent. For
64% start-ups a strong team and corporate culture is the selling point.
Flexible hours (39%) and remote work (28%) are the other strategies to lure
By explaining what their
resume would look like after two years, start-up employers can attract and hire
talent without having to pay them competitive salaries.
Again strong teams (58%) and
challenging and engaging work (57%) are top factors to keep software developers
motivated. 45% said that opportunity to work on an exciting product can
motivate the developers. Autonomy (45%)
is also an important motivating factor.
Stock options and extra benefits ranked last in the list.
When it comes to measuring
performance, 61% said that they consider ‘completion of task’ is the most
important parameter. Surprisingly, 27% said they did not use any parameter. For
29% code readability is the parameter. Speed of developer (25%) and number of bugs
(21%) are some more parameter used to measure the performance of software
The first few years of a
start-up are subject to frequent changes. In the backdrop of limited budgets
and small teams, managing attrition and even absence is difficult. Ensuring
that their code is easily readable and understandable to others is a basic
expectation of employers from software developers. While 49% encourage the
developers to leave comments within the code, 48% instruct them to use documentation.
39% rely on industry style guides and 20% reported that they don't have a