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Do You Want to Become Better at Hiring? Read This

One of the biggest goals for startup owners is to achieve growth and expand their company. When this so-long-waited moment comes, entrepreneurs face another challenge – hiring the right employees. It is tough decision when it comes to choosing the right person for your company, because the requirements for the right startup employee are different from the rest. Startup employees must be flexible, hard-working, talented, and inspired by your vision and your startup mission.

So, the ultimate question is: How can you become better at hiring in order to choose the right new member for your team, to save yourself time and to be confident in your choice?

Here you can find 15 inspirational quotes about hiring, which will help you to turn the important process of expanding your team into one very fulfilling experience.

“The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge in this area.” Bill Gates

“The secret of my success is that we have gone to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world.” Steve Jobs

“A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.” Jim Collins

“Often the best solution to a management problem is the right person.” Edwin Booz

“The smartest business decision you can make is to hire qualified people. Bringing the right people on board saves you thousands, and your business will run smoothly and efficiently.” Brian Tracy

“I hire people brighter than me and I get out of their way.” Lee Iacocca

“Never hire someone who knows less than you do about what he’s hired to do.” Malcolm Forbes

“Hire people who are better than you are, then leave them to get on with it. Look for people who will aim for the remarkable, who will not settle for the routine.” David Ogilvy

“Hire character. Train skill.” Peter Schutz

“I don’t pay good wages because I have a lot of money; I have a lot of money because I pay good wages.” Robert Bosch

“When you’re in a start-up, the first ten people will determine whether the company succeeds or not. Each is 10 percent of the company. So why wouldn’t you take as much time as necessary to find all the A players? If three were not so great, why would you want a company where 30 percent of your people are not so great? A small company depends on great people much more than a big company does.”Steve Jobs

“The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.” Bill Gates

“People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” Jim Collins

“Do not hire a man (or woman) who does your work for money, but him (or her) who does it for the love of it.” Henry David Thoreau

“I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day you bet on people, not on strategies.” Lawrence Bossidy

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Why you should hire millennials for your startup

Entrepreneurs create their businesses driven by innovation and determine their own rules when it comes to new company culture and modern management style. From business models through office space to working hours, the whole startup community tends to break the cliché and implement distinctive approaches.

When we talk about the importance of the hiring policies and the different skill sets entrepreneurs search in their employees, it cannot stay unnoticed the need of coherence between the startup ideas and the team behind the execution of these ideas.

Startups are established with the mission to innovate and innovation is based on creating something new, extraordinary and fascinating, which brings great value to the customers and the society. Often startup owners dislike the idea of hiring millennials for the lack of experience, but what they must think of is the biggest skill which millennials carry – creativity.

Millennials, or also known as the Generation Y, are the people born and grown up during the years of the technology revolution. They easily embrace changes, expect the unexpected and are motivated by ideas and creativity. Millennials have very different skill set and often dare to break the rules and think out of the box. Millennials are familiar with the entrepreneurial world and are willing to contribute with all their power in order to change it. Millennials haven’t just watched the world change, they have been raised with these changes.

Even though millennials struggle to find suitable jobs, they often change their workplace. The reason for this is that millennials don’t like to spend their time on something they don’t strongly believe in. Raised with the educational system which encourages free thinkers and educates leaders, millennials put their creativity in what they believe in. Your startup can benefit from the exceptional behaviours of millennials and every startup owner must take the chance to attract millennials to their business.

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5 Traits of a Valuable Startup Employee

Attracting, hiring and keeping highly skilled and talented people as part of your startup is not such an easy job. It is difficult to find the right people, but it is even more difficult to keep them in your team as long as you can. Talented people need to be constantly motivated in order to stay engaged and to share the passion for your startup the same way as you do. As a startup owner you are probably working on a tight budget and your ability to financially encourage your employees is not that strong. But again, as an entrepreneur, you need to put your leadership skills in action in order to avoid micromanagement, to effectively delegate and to keep your team members engaged.

It is more likely to hire unexperienced people for your startup and there is nothing wrong about it. Actually, being able to develop the talent of your employees, will help you to create stronger relationships with your team members and will increase their commitment to the company. After they have worked hard to grow your startup, they will most likely appreciate every success of the company as much as you do.

Here you can find five things you should look for in your startup employees to make sure that they will stay true to your business and will be devoted to the work process.

Enthusiasm

The decision to join a startup carries big risks for many people. One of the most important questions that you need to ask your future employees is: Why do you want to be part of a startup? They may have different reasons: to gain experience, to learn more and to improve their skill set, to discover their personal entrepreneurial spirit and so on. Whatever their reasons are, the thing that really matters is how enthusiastic and motivated they feel about it.

Flexibility

Being part of a startup team is very challenging and time-consuming. Your team members must know that they will most likely have to sacrifice a lot of their personal time in order to fulfil the needs of one growing company. If your employees are not available and not willing to spare extra time, they probably will not make a good fit for your startup team.

Critical thinking

Your employees must be able to solve problems, look for solutions in unexpected places and have the ability to take critical decisions by themselves. You need to be able to inspire their inside entrepreneur (the so-called intrapreneur) in order to avoid micromanagement. If they don’t posses the skills of critical thinking and responsible decision making, they will not be able to face the challenges of being part of a growing startup, where everything is changing very fast.

Honesty, integrity and trustworthy

Honesty is very important for a successful team building and the ability to delegate responsibility to your employees must be inspired by your levels of trust that you have in them. They will be taking care of many important things in the company when you are busy with investor meetings, networking events and work-related trips, so you need to be able to fully trust your employees.

Devotion

As a startup owner, you will be facing many challenges, especially if you have tough competition. As your team is one of your biggest assets, you will have to be careful how loyal actually your team members are.

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How to hire your first startup employee

The time to expand your team has come and you are ready to make the investment of hiring your first full-time employee. Now is the moment to implement your HR skills in order to choose the right person for your startup and here you can find some useful tips to follow.

As your business is still in startup stage, it is very likely your budget to be relatively tight. You don’t want to waste your time and money by taking the risk of poor hiring, so the whole process of choosing the right candidate must be well-planned.

Identify your needs

Create a specific list of all the duties and responsibilities that will become part of the job description of your future employee. Knowing what to expect from the candidates will increase the chances to make the right choice form the first try.

Look for specific skills

Emphasize the technical, business and personal qualities that you look for in your ideal candidate. Create your own requirements for the perfect combination of skills that you need your employee to have and do not compromise with it.

Conduct competency-based  interview

Do not limit yourself with traditional interview questions. Test the skills and professionalism of your candidates by challenging them with work-related task or problem to solve. It is very successful way to outline their ability to work under stress and time-pressure, also to test their creativity and determination along with their competence.

Ask questions

Working for startup is challenging way to start or to continue one’s business career, that’s why you need to know the motives of your potential candidates: why they want to join a startup, how they can contribute to the business and how dedicated are they to the idea.

Trust your intuition

Trust your guts and make your decision based on the whole combination of requirements that you have set. Do not hesitate to offer paid trial period to your candidates. Once you see them in actual work environment you will be able to make your final decision.

Investors look for a “whole package” when they decide to fund or not certain business and the team is one of the factors they take under consideration. Choose carefully and don’t be afraid to take your time until you find your best candidate. Your startup’s future can depend on your decision, so do not compromise when you do your hiring.