A startup Farhan Thawar was advising brought him a thorny problem: Their recent VP of Engineering hire lasted only one quarter at the company. They had written up a thoughtful job description, sourced many candidates, and put the final ones through multiple rounds of interviewing prior to extending an offer — all for the new hire to last only three months in the role.
In this particular case, it turned out they had hired a deep technology-focused leader when they actually needed an empathetic people leader to scale the organization. Churn like this all too common.
For Thawar, the solution comes back to defining what you’re looking for and what good looks like on a very granular level. "Answering that will help you better understand how to find, hire, motivate, and grow folks into this role. You may find you don’t even need a VP of Engineering—many times, a team lead, manager, or director is what’s called for," says Shopify's VP of Engineering.
But if a VP is indeed what you’re after, you're in luck. Today on The Review, Thawar is sharing his detailed framework for finding one.