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10 Tips For Effective Hiring

10 tips for entrepreneurs looking to build great teams

Answered by: Craig Driscoll

As the recruiting partner at venture capital firm Highland Capital Partners, I have the privilege of working with some truly remarkable young entrepreneurs. My expertise is in helping them build exceptional teams. While I don't have all the answers, I've seen enough to know what works and what doesn't. Here are some thoughts:

  1. Treat recruiting as life or death for your company because it is.

Building an exceptional team is the most important thing you can do as a young leader. If you're great at it, you will likely succeed. If not, you will likely fail.

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The interview process is arguably an essential stage in any job application. Consequently, it acts as a major determinant on whether an individual gets or fails to get his or her dream job. Even though dressing presentably and making background checks on organizations is often advisable, researching on examples of questions to be asked is way more recommended.

I previously attended three interviews before landing the position of Data Entry position at Kama Kazi Africa Organization. Among the four interviews that I had an opportunity of attending, I would wish to recap on one that did widen my perspective when it comes to interviewing questions.


It was in January 2012 after I was done with my first year of study in campus. Since I was heading for a four months’ vacation, I had to look for a job that could generate some income for me and at the same time keep me busy all through this period. Through a referral by a longtime friend, I applied for an accounts assistant role in a fueling and service station in Busia town. I barely knew anything in accounting but here I was applying for accountancy role.