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How to manage the fast-paced growth of a start-up

Mariana Bradach

We interviewed Mariana Bradach, Head of Talent at SeQura.

Mariana, welcome to the niikiis blog.

We would like to start by asking you who you are.

I am passionate about individuals, the human mind, and its behaviour. I am a psychologist, but I realized that to be in the business world I was missing an important part, so I decided to complement my career with an MBA and become a certified coach and NLP practitioner. I have been working in HR for many years in different countries, with different cultures, and this has allowed me to have a more comprehensive and strategic view of how to make different projects grow and also help individuals grow professionally. I am very energetic at work and I am driven by helping HR become its best version.

How do you manage fast-paced growth in a start-up?

With a strong, experienced, and goal-oriented HR team, a solid and scalable strategy, good communication, and aligned C-levels and managers.

Which are the steps to plan the onboarding of a significant number of individuals in a short period of time?

  • Understand what profiles are needed, for which teams, in what timeframe, and the number of employees to be hired.
  • Check if you have the internal and/or external resources to achieve the objective (hiring team, head hunters, ATS, etc.).
  • Create a good candidate experience strategy.
  • Work as a team with the hiring managers in a very dynamic way.

What tools are key for you in the process?

A good ATS, strategic alliances with reliable head hunters, a good human team, and dynamism and energy when hiring a lot of people in a short period of time.

What are your preferred sources for talent?

It depends on the position I need to fill in, there is not a unique answer and it depends on the market as well. From my point of view, the key is not the source but the strategy that precedes it.

What methods do you use to assess the competencies of HR candidates?

I like competency-based interviews. Humanizing the processes and breaking with traditional models, when healthy, transparent, peer-to-peer communication is established between two professionals then individuals feel comfortable to talk about who they are and what they are looking for in their next professional challenge.

Thank you very much!

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