Any Startup CEO would agree – a company’s success depends largely on your ability to build a solid team around you. You need to have people on board who you can count on, who are fully behind your vision for the company, and who can consistently outperform the competition with a certain amount of creativity and desire to think differently, taking you to the top of the order. When you’re just starting out, a strong company culture is a foundation for your startup’s success.
When recruiting or screening job applicants for your startup, you need to look for a few important personality trails. You should be especially mindful of these characteristics when you’re considering a job seeker who has long been in the corporate world. Because the structure and expectations of the corporate world are so different from that of the startup world, even a candidate with the right skill set may fail horribly at a brand-new company. Here are a few things you should look for in your hires.



If you love what you do, work feels like play. Your hire should be passionate about creating happier, more productive workplace, and this shared passion is a huge part of the company’s culture. For this reason, the recruiter must look for job applicants who must be passionate what the startup intends to do. When your entire team is working towards the same goal with the same level of enthusiasm, the sky’s the limit.


Working in a startup is not all that easy at first. It is a gamble for all we know. It is a risk your employee is taking over a comfortable, well-paying job they could have settled into and lived a risk-free life. So, choose someone whom you think has it in them to toil through the difficult times that await them. Initial days of Startup life is unpredictable, exhausting and, sometimes without positive results. And not everyone thrives in such an atmosphere for a long time. Choose candidates who are risk-lovers and have endured such demanding situations before.


It is highly beneficial to stock a company with intellectually curious people. These individuals are the best kind of employees because they challenge their co-workers and the firm itself to continue exponential expansion and the ability to develop new skills. Plus, intellectually curious people are fun to be around. Look for people with cool hobbies. Curious people are often quirky and think outside the box. Don’t be afraid to be challenged by them and this challenge will only be endearing at the end. All people spend one-third of their lives at work, so it’s important that they enjoy those that surround them.


In a startup environment, stakes are high and integrity is key. Can you implicitly trust every single one of your employees to not only get the job done but also to safeguard your company’s intelligence? Sure, you may be sitting across from a brilliant developer or product manager, but if you can’t wholeheartedly trust them, it’s time to move on to the next candidate.