We are an early stage startup looking to hire our first senior developer (other than myself).
One applicant who applied and interviewed has no higher education or employment past sixth-form college (16-18years old; education before university). He claims that he and some friends started a company which they built for 4-5 years and then sold 1 year ago. He's now on the search for a job as he doesn't feel that he fit the new culture in the company he started.
How can we (or is it even possible to) verify that his claims are true regarding starting this company, helping to build it into a success and then selling it?
Some things to consider:
- The Sixth-form exam results were very good
- Questions in the interview revealed he does know what he is talking about (at least on the surface)
- He is listed as an ex-director on companies house (a government website), but this does not prove his further claims. E.g. he could simply have given the company to a friend!
If his claims are true it would be a great bonus to him, since it would show independence and drive
We are based in Bristol, UK
- We have Googled, there were no press releases regarding the sale. There was a post across the companies social media announcing it.