Beyond coders, Uber is innovative with recruiting for business-side talent. The company, for example, is a client of Hired, which is a tool that has become popular among Silicon Valley companies that are looking to poach candidates from their rivals, to put it bluntly.

Whereas a headhunter agency might offer a company with one or two candidates, Hired instead serves as a marketplace where companies can find a large number of candidates that fit the criteria they are looking for. These candidates are junior through senior-level professionals who are looking to advance their careers and move on to other companies discreetly. The startup vets the candidates on its service and then routes them to companies that could be a good fit. The tool can be especially useful when it comes to overcoming geography as a limitation in hiring. Hired can connect Uber with candidates beyond the Bay Area who are qualified and would be willing to relocate.

“It says a lot about them being an innovative company,” says Courtney Montpas, Hired’s vice president of global accounts. “They are finding and using the best tools possible to find the best talent.”

Uber also works with Vettery, which is a rival of Hired’s. Vettery, headquartered in New York, connects Uber with a pool of candidates who have been pre-vetted (hence the name) for being up to par with the company’s requisites.

“To hire the best candidates, you need to reach out to candidates through a variety of channels,” says Vettery co-founder Brett Adcock. “Vettery is always seeking out new, underrepresented pools of talent that employers may have a tough time reaching.”



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