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Hiring your first employee as a start-up is an exciting time; you get to add someone to your team so they can join you on your journey to success! But how do you prepare if you’ve never done it before?

Here are our top tips on how you can prepare for adding another worker to your team, and how to make sure you don’t pick the wrong candidate…

Evaluate costs

Before you put out a job advertisement out, you need to have some idea of how much you’re willing to pay.

Bootstrapping as a start-up means you need to be conscious about cost. If you’re willing to let people name their price you should specify a price range in the job application so you’re not caught off guard, and can avoid having to turn away the perfect candidate because the price is too high.

Look for passion

When it comes to the interviewing stage, it can be tempting to hire the first candidate that comes your way. Rather than being grateful for whoever decides to show, remember that you’re still looking to hire someone who will (hopefully) be sticking around for a long time.

The best candidate for your start-up will be passionate and enthusiastic about being part of a growing company, so keep an eye out for them, rather than settling for someone who will ‘make do’ in order to save time and money.

Don’t rely on their past

If you’re hiring someone because they look good on paper, your start-up will suffer. Having a small business requires flexibility to grow and adapt. You need to employ people who are willing to grow with the company, rather than grow the company to fit them.

While a candidate might have a successful past and a number of relevant qualifications, if they don’t think about company growth in the same way as you, you should reconsider before saying yes.

Practical skills

Run skills and trials to see if people can perform to the ability that their CV boasts. It might seem time consuming and expensive for a start-up, but it could end up being much more expensive in the long run if you end up with an employee that isn’t up to standard.

Not only will practical tests reveal ability, they can also be telling of a person’s characteristics to deal with situations, which will help you decide if they’re a good fit for your start-up.

Have a system for what happens next

Before you’ve even begun searching for an employee, you need to decide what’s going to happen on their first day. What exactly do you want them to start doing? Will they need a map to the toilets? Have you got enough tea bags?

Make a list of everything that the new employee will be responsible for and what their job role will be. This will lead you smoothly into a business relationship and give the employee a good first impression of you as a business owner.

Have you recently hired employees for your start-up? Leave your experiences in the comment section below!

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Karl Bilby

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