Tips for hiring employees for your startup

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Tips for hiring employees for your startup

Your startup has likely been your dream for quite a while. And, finally, you have managed to make that dream a reality. It is an exciting time. What is even more exciting is that the time has come to hire your first round of employees. You have thought long and hard about it and decided that the timing is perfect. You have the funds, the time to train and the energy to find other people as enthusiastic about your business as you are.

However, choosing the wrong employees at the startup stage of your business could have seriously negative consequences. You don’t want someone who will violate their non-disclosure agreement and restraint of trade or work for the competitor and sell your trade secrets, someone who lacks work ethic or someone who does not have the required skills to do the job. Hiring the wrong candidate for your startup could set you back in many ways. So, to help you out, here are some tips on how to hire employees for your startup.


Make sure you are offering a competitive salary

As you are a startup, you need to make sure you hire the best talent. And, in order to attract the best talent, you need to offer a good salary. You need to do your research and find out what other organisations are offering people for that position. You want someone who comes with the necessary skills to do the job and you are going to have to pay for those skills. People study and work hard for years in order to earn a certain salary and they deserve to be paid properly. Remember, you get what you pay for at the end of the day.


Put together a training manual and have every interviewee go through it

This might sound strange, but there is a good reason to do this. Send potential hires a training guide before they come in for the second interview. Then, during the interview, ask them if they had to make a suggestion or a few constructive comments, what those would be. You can instantly tell if they know what they are talking about or not. And if you have decided that you are going to hire the person and the interview is just a formality, you can see if they have any questions and answers to those questions before they start. Of course, download a non-disclosure agreement template and send it to them to sign before forwarding the training guide. You don’t want your information being shared.


Don’t just hire the first candidate you like

This is not a battle of the personalities. You need to make sure that you not only like the person and want to work with them, but that they have the necessary skills and talent to do the job at hand. Their CV is a great place to start and an interview will give you insight into their personality. But a second interview should be conducted in order to make sure they are the right hire. Also, it is a numbers game, so make sure that you don’t only interview a few candidates before selecting one person for the position. Instead, set aside the time to interview all the candidates who are up to your standards and then decide afterwards, even if you know there is a specific person you really want on your team.


Introduce them to the team before you sign on the dotted line

Before you hire anyone, it is important that they get along with the staff members you already have. Because startups are, by nature, small, it is important that everyone works well together. You do not want to end up having someone work for you who clashes with everyone or who brings unnecessary negativity to the team. You chose the team you have for a reason, so include them in the final decision. It is also a great way to introduce a new person to the business before their first day.

Hiring for your startup is not an easy task. You need to ensure that you have the perfect people who you can count on when there is a large workload. It is important to hire people who can be trusted and who can do the job and do it well.‚Äč

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