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Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

Update: 2024-02-12
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Hiring the right executives at the right time is the key to scaling your company. But to many founders, the executive search and hiring process can feel like a black box. a16z talent partner Matt Oberhardt dives deep into the executive search process with Kelli Dragovich and Nolan Church on the HR Heretics podcast.

[00:01:21 ] How a16z talent partners assess talent

[00:03:42 ] Balancing internal and external roles

[00:04:57 ] Measuring success in talent assessment

[00:06:07 ] The MOC

[00:10:29 ] Whiteboard sessions for assessing fit

[00:13:10 ] Referencing as a continuous cycle

[00:16:47 ] Putting negative references in context

[00:20:25 ] Assessing personal growth vs. mistakes

[00:21:50 ] Establishing trust with founders

[00:25:03 ] Vetting EQ

[00:26:53 ] Measuring success of what you can't control

[00:28:43 ] Why hire veterans for startups

[00:33:45 ] Talent landscape in 2024

[00:35:20 ] Recruiting top talent in a tight market

[00:38:42 ] Hiring the "operational glue"

[00:39:36 ] The value of tough feedback

You can read the key takeaways from this conversation, along with a transcript, here.

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Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

Recruiting and Retaining the Right Executive Talent

Matt Oberhardt, Nolan Church, Kelly Dragovich