Hiring Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Nowadays, more and more people are starting their own businesses. According to dealsunny, over 400 million people worldwide are entrepreneurs. Being a business owner means you have the final say from decision making to time management. You also get to build your own team from scratch.

Yet with more than 50 percent of startups failing in their first year, you need to sharpen your recruiting savvy, or you risk losing your moment.  

Early Hiring

The initial hiring stage is always challenging but rewarding if done right. Remember, you are building an awesome team to attract more talented candidates. Starting from your very first hire, you are setting the cornerstone of your company. Go for candidates with great ambition and motivation, and you will find your team is energized with their passion. Also, don’t limit yourself to only hiring candidates that have already a  startup experience. Startup newbies might lack entrepreneurial knowledge, but they are more flexible for you to shape as you lead the team. Once you gather a few excellent fellow pioneers, you’ll be able to build a brand to attract more talents down the road.

Cultural Fit

An organizational culture deeply affects companies in every single way, including hiring. Likewise, who and how you hire can have a great impact on a team. Find someone who not only has the required skills but can also “vibe with” the culture. This doesn’t mean you should only look for people whose background matches your own. Identify and employ those who are great at communication so they can help foster a more inviting, collaborative environment. As a founder, you should create a well-nurtured culture that attracts talents to share your vision.

Engage Yourself

Whether you rely on external recruiters or your own HR department to find the best candidate, you should always be passionate and involved in the process. Take some insights from Amazon’s founder, president, and CEO, Jeff Bezos. Before making a hiring decision, ask yourself these questions:

1. Will you admire this person?
2. Will this person raise the average level of effectiveness of the group they’re entering?
3. Along what dimensions might this person be a superstar?

Positive answers to these three questions sum up the core value of a good employee, a fitting member of your squad. Keep the words in mind and pass them on to those who hire for you.  

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