Hiring Tips for Startups Hiring First 20 Employees


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The hiring process is as time-consuming and exhausting as it is necessary. After all, for years to come, your team members will be your most prominent differentiator. Furthermore, finding the right people to join your team is even more important for a start-up or small business making its first 10 or 20 employees.

These initial recruits are the foundation of your company. Your first 20 employees should be the ones you can count on when the chips are down, and you’re up against the wall, from driving internal culture to driving the organization to success. Those you’d fight with may disagree with you, but they’ll always have your back.

So, here are a few pointers to bear in mind while you look for the ideal candidate for your firm.

1. Why are you looking for new employees?

Aside from the apparent solution, you’ll require assistance. First, you must be sure why you need to hire today for your company. While you’re asking yourself this question, make sure your response is focused on specific tasks that you need assistance with. 

By doing so, you change your focus away from hiring for a certain position or classification and evaluating possible employees based on their ability to assist you in achieving your goal.

2. Complete working on your budget

The main thing to work on. Now that you know why you’re employing, you need to figure out how much you can afford to pay the people you hire. A transactional relationship exists between an employee and an employer. In this case, the employer compensates the employee for the services rendered.

When hiring for any position, it’s best to stick to market standards as your budget. However, if you’ve bootstrapped and haven’t yet acquired funding, there’s a chance you’ll have to stick to a stricter hiring budget.

Of course, this narrows your pool of potential candidates with the necessary skills and experience, but all hope is not lost. There are a lot of talented applicants with a lot of potential looking for a job.

3. Potential is just as important as a CV

It’s easy to get caught up in the credentials of candidates with Ivy League degrees and decades of experience when hiring, but they’re not the only ones out there. While their abilities are undeniable, they will undoubtedly put your hiring budget to the test.

A résumé should only be used to confirm the candidate’s titles and accomplishments when making your initial few hires. Instead, concentrate on people who have the potential to have a big effect with the correct mentorship. These candidates are self-motivated and willing to go above and beyond to assist you to meet your goals.

4. Ask applicants to demonstrate skills or abilities

Many people know exactly how to answer interview questions to instill confidence in the recruiting manager. In short, it’s (relatively) easy to make a mess. So, research shows that the best way to get someone to be a vet is to have them do the job for you – for example, if you hire a salesperson, ask them to sell you something.

We allowed our applicants to create an outreach strategy to reach their target audience, giving them relatively little guidance to see how they could do the task without instruction. The results were eloquent, and those that did not spend time or energy to achieve this quality were removed from the run.

5. The sooner, the better (if you can afford it)

Hire someone as soon as you know you need them, and you can afford it, even if it’s initially tight. This extra opportunity that the other person provides with brainpower, creativity, and simple footwork is worth it. Things that would otherwise take weeks are feasible in days. The entire workflow disappears from your to-do list.

In many cases, founders who do not want to be recruited, even when it is clear that they have worked overtime, will strike later when they realize how late they have been. So we sacrificed our salary to make room for Shane, and it was more than worth it.

6. Design the induction process

While we did some things right during the recruitment process, there are others that we would have done differently.

Make sure your new employee doesn’t have to go through piles of paperwork and paperwork. You need to automate these tasks with human resources software to reduce the burden on both you and your new job.

Also, the proposed framework of all the training and knowledge transferred can help your new employee to cope in the new environment without having all the information at once.

7. Treat candidates like prospective clients

Many employers do not see jobseekers as people who may be valuable to the company in the future, even if they do not meet the company’s requirements. While profit should not be the main driver for people to have a smooth candidate experience, it is an incentive for many managers.

Make the process as smooth as possible, and don’t ask job seekers for countless spaces, requirements, and questions. Instead, add a simple Apply button to your career website or social media network that allows them to send their resumes and cover letters.


Hiring your first is a big step in the life of your business. Take the time to do things right, and make sure your first employee is there for a long time – and you’re one of the biggest things that happened to your business in the early days.

These are some pointers that, if followed, can ensure that you hire the right people to help you expand your company and achieve milestones for years to come.

Pawan Kumar
Hi, I'm Pawan. I'm an Inbound Marketer and Content Creator at Springworks. An Introvert storyteller who loves reading. I’ve been featured on Jeff Bullas, MarketingProfs, Entrepreneur, SEMrush, Social Media Today, and Many More. Don't hesitate to connect with me on social media.


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