Best Hiring Practices: How to Recruit the Perfect Employees for Your Startup

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Building a company from scratch is definitely not an easy task, but if done properly, a startup can grow so much it can reach for the stars, and having the perfect team besides you will help you get there. We have already clearly explained everything you shouldn’t do while hiring employees for your startup, but we have yet to uncover the mysteries behind building the perfect team for a fresh-from-the-oven startup company.

Did you know that, according to a recent study, 23% of startups fail due to not having the right team? If you don’t want to be part of these numbers, just follow these recommendations to build the perfect team for your startup:

• Go for active candidates: Since budget is definitely a point to consider when having a startup, and even when they’re preferred by recruiters, passive candidates might not be the best possibility when hiring. Hiring the “ideal” candidate is not always possible, especially in a startup company, but finding one with the right skills is definitely doable, and it will be more likely to hire an active job seeker.

Money is not the only thing that should be considered when building your own company and when searching in the different candidate pools. Active job seekers are actually looking for a big break or are ready for a change, which will make them fit perfectly in a startup company. Furthermore, they’re probably available to start immediately, while hiring a passive candidate can drag out for some time.

• Don’t take any hire for granted: Every single hire counts and is crucial for a startup. A big company might be able to afford losing some money to attrition, but a startup certainly can’t. A poor fit to your company’s culture and standards could put a very big dent on your dreams, so choosing wisely and correctly must be one of the main goals for any startup.

Adding a new member to a small team who doesn’t quite fit the company’s vision or doesn’t get along with the rest of the staff will definitely affect its growth. That’s why a very selective hiring process is crucial for any company, especially a startup.

• Be aware of the challenges that lie ahead: Put yourself in the candidates’ shoes for a moment and think what you’re asking of them. If they accept your offer, they’re taking a professional risk because they probably believe in your cause, so try to make it a good one. Remember you’re basically unknown and they will probably be taking on a lot of responsibilities due to the lack of staff in the beginning.

Taking a job at a startup is definitely not for everyone. It’s easier to take a “safe” offer or to stay in their current position. So candidates that are willing to take a risk usually know what they’re getting into, have done their research, and are committed to give it their all. And they’re not the only ones making a risky decision; all hires in a startup should be carried out with caution, after all, each member can make or break a company.

• Optimize the recruitment process: It is very uncommon for startups to have an HR department during their first months of operation. Therefore, it’s probably up to the founders to carry out the entire recruitment process on their own. Since every part of the process will most likely fall on the founders’ shoulders—writing a job description, contacting potential candidates, interview(s), the actual hiring, and everything that comes afterwards—some things might be overlooked due to lack of time.

This is where optimizing recruitment strategies come in. Making a list of the skills and capabilities you want your ideal candidates to have is the perfect starting point for your employee search. Moreover, organization is key. If you have a million things to do, you’re bound to forget at least 10 of them, so start your own organization system and make sure you write everything down.

Hiring their first employees should become a priority for any startup company and will definitely require careful planning, so be ready to roll up your sleeves and do some serious hiring.

Vanessa Fardi
Digital Copy Editor