Hiring your first round of employees is a major milestone as an entrepreneur and a crucial component of determining a successful first year. As Steve Jobs famously said, “When you’re in a startup, the first 10 people will determine whether the company succeeds or not.”
Getting the right people for the job can feel like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack, but having a focused recruitment plan can go a long way towards making sure you get it right the first time. Here are five boxes to check before the first offer letter goes out:
1. Culture comes first.
Most well-seasoned entrepreneurs will tell you that one of the most effective ways to create a stellar startup team is to rank fit over qualifications. Yes, potential candidates need to have the relevant skills for the job, but more importantly, they need to apply these in a way that contributes to the culture of the business in a positive and meaningful way. In a startup environment where teams are small and hours long, a bad cultural fit can be disastrous. To develop an authentic brand with true ambassadors, your team needs to be aligned to your mission and vision, working together to bring them to life.