Expert recruitment for startups

Fast, flexible, scalable recruiting.

You’ve invested in your vision, now it’s time to invest in your team. With over a decade in startup recruitment, we’ve perfected our hiring solution for scale-ups.

We’ve helped hundreds of startups hire their very first graduate, and seen a number of these businesses go on to hire their 100th… and more.

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Hiring for startups – we make it easy.

Providing startup recruitment services for thousands of businesses worldwide, we know how to hire for startups of every shape, size, and sector.

Working on a tight budget, short on time or aiming for quick growth? Our startup hiring strategy makes recruitment fast. Plus, we protect our clients with a free replacement should your first hire not work out, so your investment is in safe hands.

We cover all advertising, marketing, and resourcing costs. Yep, that’s startup recruiting with no upfront costs.


Excellent at providing intelligent and passionate candidates for Vollebak. They’re very responsive and have made the recruitment process easy and efficient, handling everything from sourcing candidate CVs and getting candidate tasks completed, through to quick interview turnarounds and hiring.

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Tom – Customer Marketing Director, Vollebak

Why should startups hire graduates?

Our surveys consistently show that graduates care about career development and training just as much as they do salary, making graduates great startup hires for businesses struggling to compete with the higher salaries offered by larger corporates.

Startups recruiting graduates can be sure to find candidates with ambition and drive. Having recently left university, graduates hired by startups are often looking to prove themselves, learn quickly, and are attracted by the opportunity for faster career progression.


Our candidates want to work in startups.

Global Brand (250+ with international offices)

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National Company (250+ with offices nationwide)

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Medium Enterprise (50-249 employees)

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Small Enterprise/start-up (1-49 employees)

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What does startup recruiting involve?

Startups expand their teams in line with their distinct business goals. That’s why we aim to reflect this in our bespoke startup hiring plans.

But, when using our services to find startup hires, you can always expect the following:


Dedicated Account Manager

You’ll be assigned an Account Manager (an expert in your industry) who will get to know your business, what you’re looking for in a candidate and will construct a project plan.

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Shortlist of candidates

We’ll write SEO-optimised job specs to reflect the candidates you’re looking for. You’ll receive a carefully-selected shortlist of top candidates, who have been spoken to and thoroughly vetted.

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Regular assistance

We’ll be on-hand at every stage of the startup recruitment process, assisting with job description writing, graduate salary benchmarks, interviews, feedback and contracts.

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Ongoing support

We take pride in nurturing long-term partnerships with startup companies, that go beyond one-time hires, and continue to provide support with startup onboarding.

Expand your startup team

If you find our hiring insights helpful, be sure to check out our salary data and job statistics UK page.

Hire employees for a startup right here. Get in touch and we’ll revolutionise your hiring process.

Questions about startup recruitment

  • Recruiting for a startup usually involves a shorter, fast-paced process, with hiring decisions made by a small team. In contrast, large companies tend to have a longer hiring process, with many levels of approval required before a candidate is hired.

    Startups usually require employees who can wear multiple hats and work in a fast-paced environment with limited resources, so hiring startup staff requires a process that can accommodate for a multi-faceted role.

    Strong company culture is integral to most startups, so it’s often a priority for recruitment in startups to identify new hires that will fit in with that culture.

    Whether you’re a new startup hiring your first employees or undergoing a startup team building drive, the hiring process will differ slightly. But generally, there are some key steps for startups that are hiring:

    1. Assess hiring requirements
    2. Job description writing
    3. Recruitment strategy plan & implementation
    4. CV screening
    5. Shortlisting candidates
    6. Interviewing candidates
    7. Providing feedback & making offers
    8. Agreeing on contracts & start dates
    9. Employee onboarding


    When we hire for startups, we handle all of the above for you, and we do so on a case-by-case basis.

    Building a bespoke startup hiring plan, we’ll implement the best recruitment process for startups of all shapes and sizes.

    So, if you’re one of the many startup companies hiring graduates, let us help you with your hiring! Recruit graduates now.

  • We’re proud to be 1000s of companies ‘go-to’ startup recruitment agency. An industry that thrives on innovation and forward-thinking, much like our own business model here at Give a Grad a Go.

    Having specialised in early-stage startup hiring since 2009, we are so supportive of startups and the opportunities they offer graduates:

    1. Opportunities for growth and development: employees have the opportunity to take on a variety of responsibilities and learn new skills. This can be especially valuable for young professionals who are looking to develop their careers quickly.
    2. Impactful work: Startups are often founded with a mission to solve a particular problem or disrupt an industry. This can provide employees with a sense of purpose and the opportunity to work on projects that have a real impact.
    3. Collaborative and team-oriented environment: Because the teams are small and the stakes are high, employees are often required to work closely together and communicate effectively.


    If working for a startup is great for grads, then hiring for a startup is rewarding for us.

    You can check out our startups recruitment statistics to fully understand our hiring relationship with startups.

    So, if you’re looking for passionate recruiters that know exactly how to hire startup employees, you’ve found us – start recruiting today!

  • When hiring for startups it can be confusing if you don’t know where to look, particularly when hiring your first employees.

    Commonly, the first place you might go is to Google: “hiring first employee startup” or “how to hire team for startup”. Well here’s where we’d recommend you start:

    • Job boards for startups
    • LinkedIn & other social media channels
    • Career services websites for recruiting
    • University career portals


    But even with these hiring tips for startups, it is takes a lot of time and effort to implement startup hiring best practices and find the right candidates. That’s where startup recruitment agencies come in.

    If you’re looking for the best recruitment agencies for startups, you’ve come to the right place. With over a decade of experience hiring in startups, we’re proud to be known for being one of the best startup recruiters London & UK.

    Whether it’s tech startup recruitment help you need or finance scale up support, our team of specialist consultants are on hand to ease your hiring efforts.

    Whether it be CV shortlisting, interview liaising or candidate management, we know how to recruit for startups.

    So, what are you waiting for? Get startup recruitment help.

    1. Lack of visibility – this can be solved by working on your EVP and employer brand.
    2. Competition for talent – highlight your USP, form an emotional connection and shout about the benefits of startup jobs.
    3. Finding good candidates – your people are your most valuable asset. Consider hiring graduates!
    4. Lack of resources & experience – speak to an agency specialising in recruiting for startups, to significantly widen your talent pool.
    5. Adjusting to scaling up – stay organised and track data in a centralised location.


    Our expert startup recruiters know how to build a startup team irrespective of such challenges.

    With years of industry expertise and vast candidate network at our disposal, our startup recruiters are able to work efficiently to place the best candidates in startup roles.

    However, we are aware that challenge remains for those startups that lack the budget required to fully outsource their recruitment efforts.

    If this is the case for your startup, don’t worry! Our startup job board is available for those with smaller hiring budgets that wish to promote their opportunity to a larger audience, our job posting service could be perfect for you.

    With thousands of graduates registered to our startup hiring website and a high percentage of those seeking opportunities in startups, we’re one of the most valuable hiring platforms for startups.

    And, at only £250 (+VAT) per job post, we’re proud to be significantly cheaper (half the price) than the majority of other startup job boards for graduates.

    Small or large, we offer services to match any recruitment startup budget. Utilise our recruitment services or post a startup job today!