Management advice for startups in the hiring stage

By Sheryl Wright

The hiring process for a new company can be an overwhelming task. There are many things you need to consider, and you may not be sure where you should start. This article will help you manage this process by providing you with the top five tips on how to manage your hiring process.

Structure your hiring process

One of the first things you should do is to make a master task or hiring checklist. This will help you stay organized and know what comes next in the process. Your goal should be only looking at this document three times: once before you start, during, and after you have completed the hiring process.

While you may need to make some adjustments, you will have a solid list of tasks that you should focus on completing during your hiring process. Use this as you interview candidates and talk with potential new hires about joining your team.

In addition to making a master task or hiring checklist, you also want to set up individual checklists for each step you will complete. For example, you may want a checklist of all the tasks you need to do before your first interview or after you have made an offer and they accept it.

Work with a professional hiring team

If you are like most startups, you will not have a lot of extra time to dedicate to the hiring process. This is why you should get an individual or company that specializes in professional recruiting. Such companies can help you manage your hiring process so you do not need to worry about it. Among other things, a professional recruiting team can screen resumes, schedule interviews, and find you the best fit for your company.

You should give the hiring team access to your master task list and checklists so it can stay up-to-date on what you need them to do. This will allow you both to follow a schedule that works for you, which is especially important if you are starting your hiring process before you have a full-time recruiting team in place.

While you may want to do the first few interviews on your own, you should quickly hand off this task to headhunters so you can focus on other things that will bring you more revenue and business growth.

Use technology

To save time, you should consider using technology tools, including talent sourcing tools, to help you easily track everything that is going on with a new hire and the hiring process as a whole.

For example, you may want to use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) for screening resumes and managing candidates once they have been selected for an interview. In addition to these, you may want a CRM system that you can use to track the hiring process from the beginning until you have completed your first day with your new hire. Additionally, you can use a paystub generator to automate the process of creating paystubs. A paystub generator will serve as proof of income while helping you file taxes, track the salaries of your new hires and so much more.

While you may not think you need technology tools like these, you will quickly find that they are extremely helpful when you want an easy way to track your progress before and after the hiring process.

Prioritize your company’s culture and values

You may have a long list of things you need to do when you start the hiring process. However, you should not focus on completing these as quickly as possible before you make sure you hire an individual who fits your company’s culture and core values. In fact, many startup CEOs will tell you that finding someone who is a good fit for your culture is more important than finding someone you know you can make money with.

To find a great fit, you need to create a company profile that will help you define the type of people you want working for you and how they should represent themselves on social media profiles such as LinkedIn. You may also want to work closely with your recruiting team to get a better idea of what you want and how you can find someone who fits this description.

Managing the hiring process can feel daunting, especially for startups. However, you can make things easier on yourself by following this management advice.


Sheryl Wright is a freelance writer who specializes in digital marketing, inclusive business, and interior design. If she is not at home reading, she is at a farmers market or climbing in the Rockies. She currently lives in Nashville, TN.

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