4 Hiring Mistakes Your Start-up Should Avoid

Hiring is hard, and even harder for a start-up.


As a start-up founder, you want to build a strong team, but you don't have unlimited resources. You're also competing with bigger companies that can offer more perks (and money).



So how do you figure out who's worth the investment, and who's not? Based on our experience, here are four hiring mistakes that your start-up should avoid.


When your expectations aren't clear

If you don't know what exactly what you want, it's going to be hard to demand it from your employees. Here are 3 questions to help you think and set clear expectations for your new hire:

  • What is the major objective or biggest challenge of the job?

  • What does the person need to do to be successful?

  • What needs to be accomplished in the next 3 months?

Based on your expectations, you should figure out what skills are essential for your new hire and what kind of personality will fit well into your company culture.


When you hire people who don't believe in your vision

As a start-up, if you want to make your vision come true, you must have people on board who believe in that same vision. When people believe that your company will be successful, they want to work for you. When they want to work for you, they'll go above and beyond to help you achieve your goals.


If they don't believe in what you're doing, they're either going to scrape by to collect their pay checks or try to build up their own thing while working for you—neither of which is good for your business.


When you hire people who are just like you

If your team is full of people who think exactly the same way you do, how are you supposed to come up with new solutions? Someone who thinks differently might be able to see things in a way that helps your business grow even bigger. Plus, when you surround yourself with people who are just like you, it can be hard to see their flaws!


When you hire people just because they're cheap

You may think it's a good idea to take the lowest bidder on every job, but that strategy could backfire later on. The cheapest solution isn't always the best one—especially if it ends up costing more in the long run. Spend time evaluating who has the right skills for the job, and what kind of value they'll bring to your company as a whole instead of deciding based on price tags alone.


There’s a lot that goes into recruiting for your start-up; and we’re just the right platform to guide you through it. An innovative job-matching app like Kabel emphasises on human connection, allowing the hirers and jobseekers to share vision, goals and expectations. You'll stand a better chance to attract and hire the right people to help you achieve your goals. Check us out and get started.



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