How to Hire First Employees - Tips for Startups

David Waxman, Serial Entrepreneur and Startup Mentor at Amplify LA ( talks about hiring your first employee. Listen to these tips for finding and selecting the first member of your team.

  1. Ensure they are an appropriate fit
  2. Hire individuals who believe in the company's vision
  3. Trust your instincts
  • First hires set the tone for later hires

Having started in several companies, hiring employees, I just can’t overemphasize how important it is to hire the right people. And the right people at the beginning of a startup really means people with the right fit, people who you can imagine yourself being in the trenches with, that you want to be with 24/7 because you’re going to be with them 24/7.

And it’s essential that you realize that those people are going to set the tone for all the hires that come after them. So the people you hire today are going to be the people who are hiring and making hiring decisions tomorrow.

You should definitely try and get people who believe in more than just the compensation and the ultimate reward of the company but, believe truly in its vision. And if you see someone who’s there for mercenary purposes, you might want to think again about hiring them.

And, ultimately, the most important thing that I can say is that you should trust your gut. If something tells you that it’s not right, or the fit might be a little off – pass - go on to the next person.

Make sure you’re hiring for fit, remember that those people that you hire today are going to be the people making hiring decisions tomorrow, make sure that they really believe in your vision, and trust your gut.