Hiring for your start-up


Technology entrepreneur and mobile app developer Hammad Akbar shares his top hiring tips for new start-ups.

When you first set up and establish a business or start-up, odds are, you’ll be working with a very small team of people – you might even be working by yourself.

But, with success in business, comes growth and expansion; new employees and challenges. So, it’s always best to be prepared.

If you’re at a point where you’re expanding your business, and are looking at growing your team, but perhaps aren’t sure where to start or who to hire, now is the time to act. So why not take a look at my list of top 5 start-up hiring tips, and make sure you make the right decision when it comes to the future of your business.

Don’t hire yourself

Sure, you might be the big boss in the office and might know an awful lot already, but when hiring for a new role, be sure not to hire yourself.

You want to build an eclectic, passionate and skilled team, so make sure you look for individuals who are different to you. Consider people who have experience in other areas and that are in some cases better than you.

Remember you’re looking for talent – and talent comes in all shapes and sizes.

Build a team

You’re probably not the only one in the office, so always remember not to hire someone just because you like them.

You might like the sound of a potential employee, but if they don’t fit in with your existing team, then what’s the point?

When hiring for a new role, talk to the people they’ll be working with. Invite other key team leaders to be part of the interview process to get different opinions and even get potential employees to sit down and have a chat with the people they’ll be working with.

Know when to say no

Hiring new staff is always a tricky business, so don’t be surprised if you hit a few road blocks every now and then. What’s important is that you stay patient and focused when looking for new team members.

Sure, you might be under pressure. You might only have a short amount of time to get someone on board, but remember to stay vigilant.

Don’t just go hiring the next person who walks through the door because you’ve run out of time or have a busy period coming up. You don’t want to end up 6 months down the line with an employee who doesn’t fit in.

Ask yourself some hard questions

In business it’s hard to be impartial, or to admit that your company or start-up might need to improve, but it’s a skill that can really help.

If you’re having a particularly hard time hiring, then it might be time to consider your office culture and how others might perceive your business.

Do your current employees love their job? Is the job you’re hiring for good? Is there chance to progress within the company? These are the sort of questions you need to be asking. If the answers aren’t the ones you wanted, then it’s time to implement some changes.

Make sure when you advertise for a job, the phone never stops ringing.

An employee isn’t just for Christmas

As with the point above, hiring isn’t all about the employee, it’s about you too. When it comes to an employee’s role within the company, it’s up to you to be honest with them and to manage expectations.

It’s no good promising the world in an interview and then delivering absolutely nothing. Don’t say the job involves jet setting around the world visiting clients when in reality they’ll be making tea and taking out the bins.

Remember an employee is an investment, and investments need care and attention. Create a workplace where your employees love their jobs, and keep it that way.

Throw parties, host all-company meetings, give promotions and become friends with your team. Remember, an employee isn’t just for Christmas.

Have some of you own tips or pieces of advice, then be sure to get in touch in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you.

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