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How to Hire for a Startup April 25, 2014

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The first time that business owners hire employees for their startups, a lot of them don’t do a very good job, and this is to be expected because many of them have no experience in hiring. As unfortunate as it is, though, hiring the wrong people can lead to business failure, so startup business owners should always be on the lookout for advice relating to how they can hire the right workers the first time around.

Determine the needed positions

The first tip that should be followed in relation to hiring the right people is to determine which positions need to be filled. While a new startup owner may feel as if he or she can take on the entire world, this isn’t a good idea. From having a qualified accountant to employing an experienced marketing manager, there are many positions that workers should be hired for.

Look for qualifications and experience

Hiring people that are qualified for their job positions is crucial to a startup’s success. And while experience is always a good thing, it’s usually not as important as being highly-qualified. Then again, the more experience a person has, usually the more qualified he or she is. The most important thing to remember is that some of today’s most highly-qualified individuals don’t have much experience under their belts because they are so young and straight out of college. It’s important to balance both characteristics–qualifications and experience–when hiring.

Double check applications

Just because a person says he or she has 15 years of experience in retail management doesn’t mean that it’s true. Startup owners should always double check the statements made on an applicant’s application.

Look for workers that will fit in

Every company has its own culture and atmosphere. When a hiring manager goes about hiring a new worker, it is essential to evaluate whether or not an applicant seems like he or she will fit in with the other workers. Sometimes, a worker will be highly-qualified, yet at the same time not be a good fit for a company.

Understand when to outsource

There are many job positions that can be outsourced instead of hiring a full-time worker to fill them. Outsourcing tends to be very cost-effective, and for some businesses, it’s the only option when first opening the doors. When a startup owners starts hiring workers, it’s important to determine which positions can be outsourced and which ones can’t.

The hiring processes that have to be carried out will always differ from one startup to the next, but by keeping the above mentioned tips in mind, the processes can be significantly simplified.

Applicant Tracking Software is also a fantastic resource for a burgeoning startup.  Using an ATS a startup can comete with large companies by having access to recruiting tools, background checks, careers sites, social recruiting features, referrals programs and more.