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Hacking The Hiring Process – Alex Yang & Max Bevan on The Product Experience


Maximilian Bevan

If you’ve ever had to fill a role in your team, then you already know how broken most hiring processes are.  It’s even harder if you’re competing for top talent but are only able to pay at NGO/charity scales.  That’s the situation that Simprints found itself in when they decided to treat their hiring process as a product and start iterating.  What they came up with is a dramatic improvement that has changed the experience for hiring managers, teams and candidates – and they have the metrics to show for it. Maximillian Bevan (Director of Product) and Alex Yang (VP of Engineering) joined us to talk about how and why they’ve made these changes.

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Any change… to the hiring process should being doing one or more of three things: …making the process more effective, in terms of the quality of the candidates they get out of it; improving the candidate experience and making them more engaged throughout. Or it should be reducing the hiring burden on your team.

Listen if you’d like to learn more about

  • Data-driven Recruitment
  • Finding and nurturing talent
  • How to retain your best staff

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The Product Experience is hosted by Lily Smith and Randy Silver.

Lily enjoys working as a consultant product manager with early-stage and growing startups and as a mentor to other product managers. Lily has spent 13 years in the tech industry working mainly with startups in the SaaS and mobile space. She has worked on a diverse range of products – leading the product teams through discovery, prototyping, testing and delivery. Lily also founded ProductTank in Bristol, the Product Managers’ meetup with regular events and talks on Product now with 800+ members and growing. Now the Product Director at Symec, Lily also runs ProductCamp in Bristol and Bath.

A recovering music journalist and editor, Randy has been working as an interactive producer and product manager across the US and UK for nearly 20 years. After launching Amazon’s music stores in the US and UK, Randy has worked with museums and arts groups, online education, media and entertainment, retail and financial services. He’s held Head of Product roles at HSBC and Sainsbury’s, where he also directed their 100+-person product community. Now a trainer, Discovery and Leadership consultant, he’s spoken at Mind the Product Engage (Hamburg and Manchester), the Business of Software, Turing Festival, a number of ProductTanks (London, Zurich, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford, and Brighton… so far!) and at conferences across the US and Europe.

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