Hiring a right person for the job during the startup is one of the most important decisions you should make as entrepreneur. You’re people is the most important part of your business. You may have world-changing ideas or abundant financial resources, but if you don’t have the right people working with you those would be useless.
A business is like a basketball team, it is all about the TEAM. If you have a great team, you could be assured of success. Great people make a great company. And for a business that is just starting up with little resources, untried strategy, or even product in place, having the right people on the ground floor is even more essential. So, how do startup entrepreneurs find the right people to help them start a business?
Here are three (3) tips on how to spot the right person to hire
Do they fit the culture?
In a hiring process, small and start-up companies must choose candidates who are flexible and adaptable to smaller environments. In most cases, ideal workforce can do his/her job with a great of independence and doesn’t require close-up supervision. When hiring new employees, you need to find individuals that fit your culture and will be passionate about building a loyal client base. Don't hire candidates with the hope that they will fit in. Hire those that are already custom-perfect in the organization. A person who is willing to share a small serviced office in Perth airport with you so you’d be in middle of a business district even though accepting a job in a glamorous office is more convenient for him. Find someone who shares your vision.
Most of the time hiring candidates with extensive-business credentials looks good and very tempting, but they’re often not a good fit in your small company culture. These people with big-business credentials are used to follow processes, regulations and rules in doing their job. They often have fixed mindset that they will their job description and would not touch anything that is not defined on their contract. Most of these candidates with big-business credentials are not willing to work in a basement or a small serviced office in Perth, which as a start-up entrepreneur can afford. Most of the time, in a small company, there often is no set jobs and everyone may do a bit of everything.
Test for illegal substances
You don’t want an alcoholic employee, or worst a drug addict employee. As a CEO, especially if you are just starting up, you wouldn’t an employee who is a liability. To remove such liabilities from your work force, ask an applicant for a drug testing process. Some professions do actually order such test, including teachers, child-care workers, truck operators, police officers, corporate and private investigators and many others.
Although, it is illegal to obliged applicant a drug-test, but if an applicant decline you request for a drug testing, it is your prerogative as employer to hire or rescind the offer.
Watch out for learners
People who are willing to learn are people who are best to train. Avoid the know-it-all and smartalecks because these types of people are not trainable. I recommend paying more attention to candidates' ability to learn than prior work experience. You can determine this during the job interview. Thus, don't easily judge candidates just based on their résumés.