We've just launched plato for individuals



Google Sign inLinkedIn Sign in

Don't have an account? 

Free Alternatives for Sourcing Technical/Engineering Candidates


11 September, 2018

Chris Dzoba shares creative means to source potential candidates for free/without using a hiring firm or else.


In my company, the Management didn't want to spend more money on hiring so we did not use any 3rd party recruiter or headhunter. Due to this, I became responsible for all sourcing tasks because which were delegated to me.

Actions taken

I had to be creative to find a solution to the problem. I discovered a couple of places not so common to search for potential candidates, one of which was AngelList. It was my favorite place to source from since most people went there to look for jobs and that made it easier to find potential candidates. Another place to look into are Slack spaces. I actually hired three really great engineers from the firebase-community slack for free. I simply posted the job on their job channel and because we were there, people saw us and they reached out to us which made connecting to possible applicants a lot easier. For the other community slacks we visited that didn't have job channels at the time, I created the job channels there myself and posted the job requirements (LGBT Slack space for instance). Finally, another method I used was through blogs. I run an engineering blog on general engineering subjects which tracks anyone who reads it and applies for job posts. We also received a good number of job applications from there.

Lessons learned

The main lesson here was that you can get great candidates through these alternative sourcing methods. I recommend using these if you don't have the resources to pay 3rd party channels. Personally, I think there are excellent candidates out there that can make an awesome team - that really worked well together based on my experienced with my team, which I would largely link to the organic nature of how and where these members of mine were all found.

Related stories

How to Improve Your Hiring Process
27 September

Himanshu Gahlot, Director of Engineering at Lambda School, explains how he improved the hiring process at his new company by applying the knowledge he acquired working on different teams with different hiring processes in place.

Himanshu Gahlot

Himanshu Gahlot

Director of Engineering at Lambda School

Hiring En Masse
31 August

Mason Mclead, CTO at Software.com, highlights all the advantages of hiring at once a group of people who have already worked together.

Mason Mclead

Mason Mclead

CTO at Software.com

Building a Team in the Midwest
24 August

Brian Hough, CTO at Beam Dental, recalls his company’s massive scale from only 12 to over 100 employees including engineers, product managers, designers, and leaders in under 12 months and highlights how hiring in the Midwest differs from hiring on the coasts.

Brian Hough

Brian Hough

CTO at Beam Dental

Hiring the Right Product Person for Your Team
18 August

Alessandro Pintaudi, Product Management Director at Payfit, dissects all the aspects of the hiring process that will enable you to hire a product person who will take your product to the next level.

Product Team
Alessandro Pintaudi

Alessandro Pintaudi

Product Management Director at PayFit

Growing Engineering Organization: One Step At a Time
2 August

Peter Fedorocko, Director of Engineering at Workday, recalls his early efforts to build a large, multilevel engineering organization in a short period of time -- one step at a time.

Scaling Team
Building a Team
Large Number of Reports
Peter Fedoročko

Peter Fedoročko

Director of Engineering at Workday

You're a great engineer.
Become a great engineering leader.

Plato (platohq.com) is the world's biggest mentorship platform for engineering managers & product managers. We've curated a community of mentors who are the tech industry's best engineering & product leaders from companies like Facebook, Lyft, Slack, Airbnb, Gusto, and more.