Startup Hiring: Procedures, Principles, and Policies 
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Startup Hiring: Procedures, Principles, and Policies 

, Head of Human Resources, EarlySalary
Maitreyee Chowdhury, Head HR, EarlySalary

The success of your early-stage startup depends on your ability to build a solid team. You just don’t want to recruit anyone and everyone. Therefore, it’s crucial to find good-fit employees that will buy the potential and the vision of your company and work in tandem to achieve long-term goals.

Usually, startups are praised for their high energy and open culture. A company’s culture generally shares a set of values, goals, and practices that make it unique. It also includes other facts, such as how well different teams function together. Forming a good team is undoubtedly a big challenge for a startup because its vision can be realized only when a great team propels it. Every industry, organization, and group has its challenges, and the approach to problem-solving that works for one might not work for another. So, building a strong company culture and set of values for an early-stage startup is essential to ensure its success in the long term.

While hiring for a startup, we must be very careful before making any decision because one wrong hire can derail the vision of the startup and the right one can make it big. Before hiring, we should define the job role and growth path of the position well to new talent to ensure they are engaged, developed, effective, and most importantly, retained in the long term. A well-defined job role in conjunction with best pay perks always drives employees to their best. We must do compensation benchmarking to offer the talent the well-deserved benefits their role attracts.

For early stages, the first few positions are most important as they set a tone of the company’s culture and for keeping culture fit as an essential pillar while evaluating potential hires, ask current employees to recommend future employees. Investors will look for a startup with experience in the sector or with entrepreneurial capabilities, so it will be good to have the right mix of generalist and specialist employees because generalists are the jack-of-all-trades. They are good at what they do and know well about other domains. They are inquisitive, which helps them to think out of the box. Specialists are experts in the field and wellversed with the tricks of the trade, and their experience can benefit startups immensely.

Defining a company’s vision and mission for all the employees can be kept on the same page and aligned to a single building vision. As a startup grows and new employees join, it will help them understand its ethos and make decisions that align with its vision and mission. Each employee should understand what is expected from them from day one, and they should also know how they will achieve their goals.

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We can also set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-based) goals for each team member. Through this, we can allow them to take ownership of their work and abstain from micromanaging because they don’t feel trusted when you are micromanaging them. Before hiring for the startup, we should remember that we are not recruiting just another employee but a team member who will influence the company’s growth and culture because businesses are run on people. Therefore, building a solid team is especially critical for early-stage startups.

Here, the challenge is finding individuals with the right skills who share the same enthusiasm as you to join you on your mission. The first thing to do is to communicate your purpose, why the company was born, what aim you need to achieve, and then you can talk about your expectations from them to accomplish this purpose. It also helps them feel part of the organization and how integral they are to the mission. Attracting the right talent for your organization is not less than pitching your startup in front of investors. That’s why hiring is one of the most critical factors for startup success.


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