1) “try before you buy” –> enlist contractors that aren’t tied to agencies so you can retain the option to hire full time.
2) “lots of coffees” –> do the leg work of meeting interesting people even if they aren’t looking. Nothing beats getting the word out and generating excitement. Great people know each other, and they talk.
3) “hyper focus on one school” –> don’t just show up at the annual career fair at 5 schools. Go DEEP on one. Give informal presentations and brown bags, show up to the affiliate dinners, drop in to student open houses. Hold “meet ups” after recruiting fairs and invite the best students. It’s better to make a name for your company at one school than to be passively involved at 5 schools.
I apologize for the quick post…was testing out WordPress on my iPad and didn’t expect this to get so much uptake via Hacker News. For a longer post related to hiring, see Hire the Do-It-All Office Admin.