How to Build a Great Team For Your Startup
Behind every successful business there is a great team. Of course, brilliant ideas hold a great importance, but even the brightest idea doesn’t contribute to your business growth if you don’t have the right people who would help you to substantiate it through effective execution. As Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore underscores it, “Execution really shapes whether your company takes off or not”.
Hire the right talent to set up a great team and effectively execute your idea is the most important thing you can and must do as a leader. But most entrepreneurs would agree that hiring the right talents for the team is a daunting task, especially when a company is an early stage startup. Your early hires shape the culture of your company, form its unique voice and flair that will make it different from other competitors in the market. Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh, says it right, “Your culture is your brand”. Great culture starts with great employees. Therefore, it is important to put a strong accent on hiring the right people from the get-go.
Here are some tips to help you make the right decision in the process of hiring your first employees:
1. First of all, ask yourself the following questions: “What is my vision of the company’s culture?” “What core values will be embedded in our culture?”.
Your answers to the aforementioned questions will help you to create the ‘portrait’ or ‘image’ of your company and determine what potential candidates can bring to make it the way you see it. During an interview or personal conversation with a candidate try to identify whether his/her values and goals are aligned with values and goals you’ve defined for your company.
2. Look for candidates who are passionate about your vision.
3. Pay close attention to people with diverse skills sets.
4. Look for candidates who are willing to work in a dynamic environment.
Hiring for more established companies is all about recruiting employees who “fit in” the culture. In such case, consider the following tips:
Never compromise on your company’s culture.
Look for candidates who are passionate about your product or service.
Make sure that potential candidate can do his/her job.
Written by Natalie Myhalnytska
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