Extraordinary People make Companies Extraordinary and not the other way around. Period.
We all know how different startups are from established companies so hiring talent is the most important task. Startups are dynamic, new, and can be scalable to great heights. Scalability is the main reason why every startup needs new blood and wants to hire new talent into their company.
The people you hire define the work culture in your startup and the healthier the work culture is, the more open and efficient are your employees and most importantly they feel like they are a part of the process and enjoy working.
Some questions that come to mind is –
When to Hire?
How can you ensure that you hire the right people, the right talent?
Whom to hire?
In reality, all of these are very difficult questions to answer, however with expertise and belief in our solution-based approach, we’ll be providing you the best solutions to find exceptional people for your startup.
So, let’s start with- When to Hire?
Timing is one of the most important factors that lead to the success of a startup and even for the hiring process, timing is very crucial.
You do not want to hire too early, as it would cause cash flow problems and would ultimately put the burden on your finances and hamper your growth.
On the flip side, you wouldn’t wish to hire too late as well, as you could find yourself crumbling under the burden of a lot of work and stress, which again could hamper the growth of your startup.
Here’s the way out: Hire only when you know what that person will be doing every day. You are sure about his/her responsibilities and you feel that he/she could add value to your business or ease your work a little bit.
If you are not sure about this, then it’s better to not go for the hiring process, instead, you can opt for other options such as outsourcing your product for packaging or a digital agency that could handle your social media.
Once you are sure about the Hiring Talent, here are some Strategies to find the right people for the job-
- Network! Network! Network!
Try and network with as many people as possible personally and through social media.
Talk about the position to your friends, family, and your past colleagues. Let them know that you are hiring and if they know someone who could be fit for the role ask them to contact you via email.
Social Media is a very powerful tool for the hiring process. If you have a budget then, run ads on Instagram and Facebook, to target the interested group of people. Another smart way is to post about positions on websites like Internshala, Naukri.com, Indeed.com.If you are low on budget, post about openings on your Instagram page and Linkedln.
The response on all these platforms will be huge but you’ll have to be careful of the further hiring process, making sure you do not hire the wrong person.
- Share your Vision
A startup goes through many changes- ups and downs, it has to constantly evolve itself and work on its product. However, one thing that should remain the same is the Vision of any startup.
Vision in layman’s language is the ultimate reason to start the company, it is the bigger goal/problem that the startup focuses on.
Sharing your vision with as many people as possible can be extremely useful when you are hiring, as people who believe in your vision might volunteer to work with you and help your startup grow.
- Remote Hiring
If you are unable to find the right talent locally, remote hiring is what you need!
Currently, when the world is in lockdown, remote hiring is the best option and seems to be the future as well. With remote hiring you are not restricting yourself to one city or area, you have a whole world of talented people with whom you can work.
There are many management apps like Notion, Asana, Toggle, etc. that are very helpful while remote hiring and working.
- Develop a Great Company Culture
Having a great company culture is a great way to not only ensure that your existing employees are happy and enjoy working but it also helps you get better talent through the word of mouth.
As more people realize that your Company culture is very good, the more they are interested to be a part of your company and so, the chances of you getting the best person for the job is much higher.
- Start Building your Brand
Everyone wants to be associated with the best companies in the market. How do you know that a company is best? It is by its brand name.
The bigger your brand, the more talented and qualified people would like to associate with your company.
Let me ask you one thing- Would you like to work in BigBazaar or your local supermarket?
All of you would choose BigBazaar over your local supermarket even though their business is the same and the majority of the products sold might also be the same, as BigBazaar is a well-known and well-established brand.
Finally, let’s look at the last question- Whom to Hire?
Hiring the right candidate is the toughest decision as that person will soon be a part of your firm and he can either help/hamper the firm’s growth.
Every person is different and so are their strengths and weaknesses, but some criteria might help you to hire the right person-
- Culture Fit
This is one of the most important points to keep in mind, you need to find not just people who are qualified on paper but also people who are good at heart. Hiring a bad person is a major NO-NO!
Look out for candidates who are genuine and honest about their thoughts. Select Someone who could honestly explain their choices and beliefs.
- Open To Learn
One of the major benefits of working in a startup is that a person learns a lot more than what is there in their job description. In some cases, you even get knowledge in all aspects of the business.
When there is so much learning opportunity, hiring someone ready to take this all in with an open heart is very important. You do not want people who are not ready to explore more and learn things outside their field.
Sometimes, you won’t be able to hire experts in a particular field mainly because of a money crunch, this is where you will have to hire people for their attitude, intelligence, and behavior. Make sure that the person you are hiring has the potential to be an expert and the risk you are taking today, will be a huge asset for your company tomorrow.
Hiring can be an extremely tedious and time-consuming task, especially if you are hiring your first few employees. These first few employees lay the foundation of company culture and might be the face of your company in the future. So, ensuring that you hire the right talent is very important as the long-term benefits are huge but at the same time, there is a very high risk of hiring the wrong people.
To all the founders, CEO’s and HR Managers, you might feel confused and nervous and that is okay! Trust the process! If you feel that you need any help then Avaiil is always ready to help you and ease your work.