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5 Essential Hiring Tips for a Growing Startup

Posted By Laurie A. Pehar Borsh, Thursday, October 22, 2015

The recruitment process can be scary to contemplate when you’re trying to grow a young business.


There's always so much on the typical small business startup plate, so bringing new people on board often seems like a colossal task!


Let’s look at how to attract and identify the best people to join your growing startup. 


Here are five tips:

1. Is it the Right Time to Hire?

While you probably have a business plan you try to follow and meet its deadlines, you must be sure it's the right time to grow your team. As you well know, hiring can be very expensive when bringing in the wrong people. So, ask yourself these questions before making a hiring move: "Is my business ready for growth? Am I financially prepared to extend the team?"

2. Identify Your Hiring Needs

Most startups fail to hire the right people, because business owners don't take the time to identify the skills, expertise and qualities they need in order to grow. Before the recruiting process, make a list with the required skills and expertise you need before launching. Once you've started interviewing people, be opened about what is expected from them and how the role will change over time. Keep in mind you want the right people by your side for a long term.

3. Cultivate a Pipeline of Talent through Continuous Recruitment

Continuous recruitment is the best tool to ensure you're bringing in the right people for your team – when you need them. In addition, it helps you avoid the situation of needing a person right now.  You never know where your next rock star may come from, so be mindful about growing and maintaining your network of professionals in your industry and niche.

4. Hire People Who Want to Grow

There is nothing worse for a startup owner than to bring people who are not willing to grow onto their teams. A startup environment is fast and while some candidates are willing to work hard, not all of them are interested in growing along with your company. When interviewing, make sure you clearly lay out your expectations and choose candidates who are willing to invest in themselves and grow along with your business.

5. Build a Culture People Strive to Work For

We can't stress enough how important the culture of your company is. Before thinking about hiring new people and extending your team, take a look around and ask yourself if you like your company culture and if you would like to work for your company. Be honest with yourself. Company culture is extremely important and valued by all employees, but especially by Millennials.   They want flexibility and the ability to work when they are most productive versus the standard nine to five.  You need to surround yourself with people driven by your enthusiasm, passionate about their job and willing to put in the work to take your startup to the next level.

Wrapping It Up!

As a startup, it can be a hard task finding and hiring the right people to represent your brand and philosophy. That's why it's important to make sure you hire during the right time, identify what you are needs are, always recruit, find people who want to grow with the company and contribute to its culture. Be mindful before starting the hiring process and always aim to bring only the best recruits onto your team. 


About the Author


ARS is a background screening company known for delivering robust and comprehensive background check services. Our clients include local government, healthcare, technology and banking organizations. 


ARS has established integrations with leading HR technologies for a seamless hiring experience.  As a result, clients gain more insight into their applicant's background, eliminate inefficiencies and vastly improve 


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