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Build Your Team

Choosing to hire employees is a significant business decision for any start-up.

Employees add considerable costs to a company’s overhead, and are also a source of potential liability, so it’s important that every member of the team is there for a reason and contributes value to the business. The right team can be an invaluable asset to your business.

Hire the Right People

Because start-ups generally have limited resources, it is important to carefully consider potential employees before hiring them. First, it is essential that you clearly define the types of skills and traits that you’re looking for in a potential employee in order for them to meet the needs of the company.

1. Screen Resumes

Next, you should begin a recruitment process whereby you screen resumes of potential employees. Screening resumes is the process of sorting resumes to disqualify candidates. Your main objective is to locate the most qualified candidate for the available position.

2. Begin Interviewing

After selecting potential candidates, the interview process begins. The interview process is a powerful factor in the selection process because it is an opportunity to evaluate and review the potential employee.

The interview gives you the ability to question and learn about the candidate so you can determine if the candidate is the right fit for the company.

3. Evaluate Experience and Skill Set

It is important to remember it is not necessarily the number of year’s experience that a candidate has; the level of experience and success they have in the type of position you are hiring for is also important. Look for candidates with experience and expertise, coupled with proven success.

4. Perform Background Checks

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential hires, it’s time to perform background checks. There are many inexpensive services available to you that will perform a thorough background check on your candidates to identify any issues or potential threats.

The background checking process is critical to hiring your team, because as a start-up you can’t afford to make any careless mistakes.

5. Hire the Best Person for the Job

After you’ve completed the background check phase, it’s time to hire the best candidate for the position. Remember, this person will be working with you every day and providing value to your business, so don’t take the hiring process lightly.

Take your time and hire the right team members, and you’ll set yourself up for business success.

Hiring Tips

Here are some tips for hiring great employees:

  • Get at least one personal reference in additional to professional ones.
  • Trust your instincts about people.
  • Be clear about the job description and your expectations for the role.
  • Be persistent: Assume you’ll need to interview 50 people to find 5 prospects to narrow to a pool of 3 great candidates.
  • Don’t hire people unless they raise the average.
  • Walk through your business plan with candidates, making sure to appeal to their goals, rather than just asking them to meet yours.
  • If you’re on a budget, don’t be afraid to hire “potential”. You can always hire skilled freelancers or train less experienced workers who are smart and passionate about the job.
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