When you first launch your company you have to wear several hats and you eventually start feeling the pinch so the first hire is often a reactive one.
Executive Coach Anele Chonco says the first employees will play an integral role in establishing the company’s culture and ethos so they need to be able to develop strong working relationships with the founders and clients, and most importantly they must have the utmost integrity.”
She adds that due to enormous stress and pressure, start-ups tend to quickly find a person they know or really like and structure a job around that person’s knowledge and skills – but this isn’t always the best way to go about hiring employees.
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Once you have decided that you need to hire someone, Chonco suggests analysing the following:
- Where is the organisation headed?
- What does it value?
- What kind of people should work there?
- What should they do?
- What can they look forward to in the future?
Then follow these strategies to find the right person for the job:
The job description
Have a job description that accurately incorporates the success factors for the position in question. Identify the behaviours, skills and qualities that are required to add value to that role.
The way a candidate represents themselves in their resume is very important. Watch out for candidates who have found it difficult to commit to projects in the past or are serial job-hoppers.
If a candidate is serious about the job, they will take the time to write a suitable cover letter and thorough CV. Spelling mistakes and sloppiness are a general indication of their standard of work.