Working for a startup can be an exciting and motivating experience both for the founders as well as employees. While there’s unfortunately no one-size-fits-all solution to hiring qualified employees for your tech company, there are a few key things to keep in mind when recruiting and hiring people. This is especially true for startups in the tech industry.
Innovating products and services are coming to life almost every day in the U.S. and a lot of highly skilled candidates are seeking positions at startups. Not only does the startup world have a unique vibe and culture, but employees get to contribute to something new and risky, making them more engaged and motivated.
Without a dedicated HR team and the legitimacy of a well-known brand name, hiring can be one of the greatest challenges a startup company will face. More than funding, closing deals, and getting leads. Hiring — and retaining — the right people is crucial. Here are a few tips to help your efforts:
Avoid Reactive Hiring
More often than not, startup founders start the recruiting and hiring process only when they are in dire need of someone to fill a certain position.
This is called “reactive hiring,” and it can seriously hurt a startup in the long run. Instead, being proactive and having a solid hiring strategy can go a long way and ensure that you don’t hire out of necessity, but rather to achieve long-term business goals . When the need to hire arises, a great way to better understand your startup’s needs it to actually involve your team in the process.
This article on Entrepreneur.com also encourages you to build a team right from the start. As your startup grows, hiring is unavoidable.
Have A Hiring Roadmap
A hiring roadmap is often seen alongside a more general company roadmap that outlines strategies and highlights goals and milestones. A good recruiting and hiring roadmap should be as detailed and robust as possible while still leaving the door open to market, financial and directional changes.
Remember that navigating the hiring process is often a tedious task even for the most seasoned recruiters and hiring managers. It can be quite daunting for startup founders especially when hiring is not a primary skill.
For each and every step of your company roadmap, the hiring roadmap should outline the hiring requirements for each milestone your startup achieves. For instance, a mobile marketing startup might start out with a small team of developers and designers, but when the time comes to scale the company and generate more leads and sales, hiring a marketing or sales person might be a wise move.
As your company expands, grows and goes through various other phases, so will your need for qualified employees and partners.
Working at a startup can be an invigorating and stimulating experience, especially in the fast-paced tech industry. Many startups offer interesting perks and benefits to candidates such as free lunches, a casual work environment and comprehensive health and insurance benefits. Some startups even provide flexible work hours, brand new equipment, club memberships and more.
Even though the thought of working only 4 days a week and getting a brand new computer or a signing bonus is very appealing, what matters even more is what people actually work on at your startup. How motivated are your employees? Do they understand and align with the company’s mission?
Retaining talent requires more than a few perks, it requires constant evolution and keeping employees motivated by setting attainable goals and milestones, breaking projects down into small and manageable pieces, and keeping track of progress.