5 Tips to Find the Right Candidates For Your Startup

Right now is an excellent time for startup companies to get started in Southwest Florida. It has rapidly become a hot destination for venture capitalists following Silicon Valley and New York because of its low taxes and affordable lifestyle. If you’ve recently started your business in Florida, you may be at a point when you’re ready to hire some employees. Let’s be honest, especially if you’re a startup, it can be difficult to attract and choose the right candidates. You need people who will be dedicated to your business the way that you need them to be while being OK with taking on the risk of working for a startup. Because this isn’t an easy task, we’ve rounded up a few tips to find the right candidate for your startup.

1: Ditch Generic National Databases

Although we hate to be biased, the reality is that you’ll end up wasting a lot of time on candidates who are searching for more traditional opportunities when you use generic national databases. You may not have the funds to offer the cushy salaries and retirement packages that other companies are offering, and many of the candidates on the larger job databases aren’t going to be interested. Working at a startup is a unique opportunity for the right candidate. You’ll want to approach finding your talent the same way. Search local talent pools or unique, smaller national databases like AngelList and Authentic Jobs, which are great places to start.

2: Network!

You never know who might know a potentially perfect candidate for your startup. Talk to people in your industry, bring it up with friends, and see what resources you can dig up. If you’ve hired one great employee, ask that person if they have someone who could be an asset to the team. Use your resources and network to get an introduction. It doesn’t have to be solely in person either — take advantage of small groups on Linkedin, HackerNews, or other social media outlets.

3: Interview Smartly

If you find a candidate who you’re interested in for your startup, you’ll want to make sure you’re asking the questions that count. Ask behavioral questions to get a feel for how your candidate will work. See if they mesh with your style, and remember, they don’t have to be a carbon copy of you (and in fact, it’s probably better that they aren’t). Keep interviews short and glean what you need to know in 30 minutes or less.

4: Make Sure They’re a Good Fit

Keep in mind that your startup isn’t going to be the same as working 9-5 for a national employer. You’ll need to find someone who is dedicated and thoroughly interested in your business. You’ll need to make sure that there aren’t any personality conflicts — you won’t get anything done if you don’t like your employees, and if they sense that, they may take advantage of you by slacking off. Save everyone time and hire only the candidates who fit well with the startup environment, your company, and your goals.

5: Don’t Delay

If you’re interested in a candidate, hire them, especially if they’re your ideal candidate. Additionally, if the person looks like an excellent candidate, he or she is likely going to have other job opportunities. You don’t want to be kicking yourself knowing your competitor hired the candidate you wanted. Strike while the iron is hot!

Get Hiring!

Driving your startup to success isn’t easy, but hopefully, these tips will help you get some of the right people on board. If you need help, we’re here to help!