There are lots of worries that come with running a business, such as business rates and HS2 compensation (both big talking points in the business world right now). But, as a young business owner, there is often a more pressing issue on the mind. When you have been successfully running a startup for a while, the next step, inevitably, is to expand and start hiring more people.
So, what hiring practices should you take on board as a startup in order to build the best team possible around you?
1) Scope Out Talent Websites
There are plenty of websites which are go-to’s for some serious talent. Specifically, sites such as Upwork, Guru and Freelancer. Such sites are a host of freelance talent, full of people who have stepped away from their 9 to 5 in order to make a little extra money or expand their talents. In which case, this is something which could be useful to you.
These people are often lower cost alternatives to a fixed term employee. It also means a higher level of productivity, especially as people are only working for you in short bursts. There is also a tonne more flexibility for you, as you can employ their services when it best suits you or even bring them on in a more permanent role later down the line if all goes well.
2) Give Take Home Exercises
This is, by far, the best way to weed the stars from the plain rocks when it comes to the hiring process. Someone may talk a great talk, but when it comes to actually doing a task they may fall hard and fast. If you want a good writer then send them with a writing exercise. When you get it back and find they are an abysmal writer, then you know that they’re not the candidate for you.
Of course, if you want to make this a timed event you could also have them do this as part of the in-house interview as well. It’s a little less kind, but very effective nevertheless.
3) Be Personal
The more personal you make the hiring process, the less robotic and scary you will seem to any prospective hires. Which can mean you get the best out of them when it comes to interviews and actually understanding them as a person. Because yes, you want a great hire, but you also want someone that will add to your growing startup culture.
4) Social Media
It may seem like a counterproductive thing, looking for a new hire on Facebook or other social networks, but with the right technique and perseverance,
it can actually work well. Twitter especially and even Instagram can be great for finding people relating to your field of work, just by simply searching through the hashtags!
People posting in your niche could be talking about anything; industry news, things they are trying out or even looking for a job. It saves you the effort of searching through CV’s if you can find the relevant people simply by scrolling through your social feed. Reach out to them and see if they are interested in what you have to say, you never know what might happen.
5) Track Everything
Consider your best hires to date, where exactly did they come from? For example, if your best hires come directly from a particular site such as Indeed or LinkedIn then be sure to focus on that instead of wasting time on a platform that doesn’t bring much to your team. Chances are, if your best results are from a particular source then that is a winning formula for your startup.
Overall, the best thing to do when it comes to the hiring process is to ensure that you have the necessary process in place to handle it well. Which often means putting your friendliest and most discerning foot forward; especially if you want to establish a long relationship with some of your employees in particular.
After all, these people will be the force behind the growth of your business. Treat them right from day one of your recruitment process and you may be surprised by what you achieve together!