A startup is a high-potential, high-risk business, many factors contribute to its potential success, one of the most important being the human one, the team that compose the startup is capable of making the difference. 

Everything is simple in the beginning, there are co-founders who have the skills and experience needed to bring an MVP to market, sometimes aided by project-based external resources.

Things become more complex when the startup begins to have traction and eventually receives investment from venture capitals. 

Typically this is when startups need to start structuring themselves with an internal team and/or stable collaborators. Identifying the right talent at this stage is a critical step that determines the growth and success of the startup in the years to come.

ExpHire is also a startup so we understand well the needs of those who, like us, need to secure the best talent without having an established name and brand and without having the possibility of making mistakes with hiring decisions.

ExpHire offers a solution that is economically vaunted (see startup promotion below) and tailored to the challenges and needs of startups.

Recruiting Challenges for Start-ups

No Direct Expertise

Hiring staff for whom the founders do not have direct expertise, such as two technical founders who need to hire a sales or marketing manager.

Attract Top Talent

To be attractive to top talent despite not having a well-known brand and not being able to guarantee security/salaries typical of large companies.

Growth Pressure

Having the pressure from VCs to hire as much and as fast as possible to sustain growth, but being afraid of making fatal mistakes.

Save Money

Not being able to throw money away with expensive headhunters and possible unsuccessful hires that eventually result in high bounce rates.

The Solution

ExpHire solves all these challenges and more:

  • Our technical Experts are able to identify top talent in areas where the founders don’t have direct expertise
  • The ExpHire Recruitment Canvas helps you identify your company’s unique selling points and use them to attract the best available candidates
  • Our recruitment methodology is based on the assessment of candidates by different experienced professionals (hard skills and soft skills) who are exerts in each individual role, this increases your ability to identify the right candidates and avoid bad surprises, as well as reducing churn rate
  • We are fast and agile like you, being a startup ourselves we can understand your needs and deliver against them
  • Our ultimate goal is to reach Company>Role>Candidate Fit, ring a bell?
  • ExpHire is cost-effective compared to traditional headhunting solutions and we have come up with a promotion for startups that makes us unbeatable!


Our recruiting packages are designed to cover the most common needs, but we think there are two more likely scenarios for a startup: the first is a complete hiring process (FULL package) the second is a last round where you want to make sure you hire the right person and not spend a lot of money in the selection process (FINAL ROUND package). Below you see the prices and our advantageous promotion dedicated to Startups (see FAQs at the bottom of the page to learn about the eligibility criteria for the promotion) with discounts of up to €1000 on our already very competitive prices. Please remember that our prices are fixed and do not change based on the salary of the positions you are recruiting for.


Assign ExpHire the entire process
  • Meeting + ExpHire recruiting canvas
  • Job description writing
  • Job Posting and highlight with sponsored job posting
  • Direct sourcing of inactive/passive candidates
  • Initial CV Screening (up to 150)
  • Shortlist of top candidates (up to 6 with notes)
  • Technical Expert interviews (up to 4 candidates)
  • Tests to candidates and reviews with notes (up to 4)
  • Extend offer support/Salary benchmarking
  • Technical reference check calls (up to 4)
  • ADD ONs available


You do the sourcing ExpHire all the rest
  • Meeting + ExpHire recruiting canvas
  • Job description review and notes
  • Review shortlist of top candidates (up to 6 with notes)
  • Technical Expert interviews (up to 4 candidates)
  • Tests to candidates and reviews with notes (up to 4)
  • Extend offer support/Salary benchmarking
  • Technical reference check calls (up to 4)
  • ADD ONs available


Last check on final candidates
  • Meeting + ExpHire recruiting canvas
  • Review shortlist of top candidates (up to 3 with notes)
  • Technical Expert interviews (to the 2 final candidates)
  • Extend offer support/Salary benchmarking
  • Technical reference check calls (up to 3)
  • ADD ONs available


You cherry-pick our services
  • Meeting + ExpHire recruiting canvas
  • Job description writing
  • Job Posting and highlight
  • Scrrenings
  • Experts interviews
  • Tests to candidates
  • Extend offer support/Salary benchmarking
  • ADD ONs available


From The Blog

Start-ups FAQs

To be eligible for the promotion dedicated to startups you must meet all three of the following conditions: 1. your startup must be no more than 5 years old 2. your startup must have no more than 30 full-time employees 3. your startup must not have exceeded a turnover of 10 million Euros (or equivalent in other currency) in the previous fiscal year.

We think startups should have a particular focus on recruitment of new resources as they do not have the luxury of making mistakes. If you have a sufficient budget, we recommend that you opt for our FULL package, a turnkey solution that greatly reduces the risks of selecting the wrong candidates and has a very competitive cost when compared to traditional headhunting solutions that offer less and are more expensive. If your budget is limited, but you still want to take advantage of our recruiting system based on skill assessment by true technical Experts, we recommend the FINAL ROUND package that allows you to make the best choice of candidate to hire.

Traditionally, when you want to outsource your recruiting process, you turn to a recruiting/headhunting agency. These are rather expensive services that fail to significantly reduce the risks involved in hiring a new team member and the workload of the internal hiring process. ExpHire is different: we leverage a network of experts (in hard and soft skills) who help you identify the best possible candidate based on experience and who will reduce your internal recruiting efforts by at least 50%. Learn more on our Why ExpHire? dedicated page.

Suppose you are hiring an Affiliation manager to add to your marketing team. ExpHire provides you with an expert who has at least 5 years of experience in affiliate marketing and is therefore able to understand the real capabilities of each of your candidates throughout the process (CV screening, interviewing, testing, technical background check, offer phase). In addition, we can also provide soft skills experts (psychologists) to test and assess the behavioral aspects of top candidates as well.

We believe that the key to a successful hiring process is a balance between 4 elements: hard skills, potential, soft skills/attitude and cultural fit. Our technical Experts evaluate skills and potential, our psychology Experts evaluate soft skills/attitude, but you are the only one who can judge the cultural fit. This means that although we will offload you of the majority of the work we will still have to collaborate to assure the most successful placements.

We offer a different and, in our opinion, more useful type of service. We are able to keep our prices low because we are an entirely digital company, we have no offices, our Experts are busy during office hours with their daily work, and they only work with ExpHire to earn some extra money and as a form of “giving back.” Also remember that, unlike most headhunters, we do not work with “success fees”-we are a service provider and you pay for the services you request. Visit the prices page for more info.

We are a digital company founded by people who have made their careers in the online world, so for the time being we focus on roles that relate to the digital sector. Some might argue that everything is digital today, true, and we can help you with hiring processes in these areas: marketing, sales and business development, product and project management, software development, data and analytics, customer success and customer service, business and strategy management, creative and design, social, content and editorial, IT, systems, cloud and security. More information on this topic can be found on the Areas of Expertise page.