What can your startup business do to make the executive recruitment process simpler? It's all about finding exactly what your company needs at that formative moment of its development and looking for executives who not only have the same values, but are at the right point in their careers.
In the words of venture capitalist Mark Suster, what a company pushing toward expansion may need is someone who can demonstrate a similar attitude to their work as your business. In a piece for TechCrunch, Suster examines the right attitude both the searching company and candidates should have.
The approach detailed by Suster puts an emphasis on moving forward, improving and always being on the lookout for potential positive additions to the company and its culture. This is summed up in his phrase "attitude before aptitude," which focuses on examining the ways that candidates think and behave.
"Try to set out guidelines for hiring," Suster writes. "Try to live them yourself or people will see through it. As times get tough you'll value this culture. Even in uber successful times where you're hiring like mad you'll want to know what somebody who embodies your culture is like."
Others have expressed this opinion about startups before, saying that it provides a unique field for executives to develop the skills and CEO experience they need without coming in with too much of a pedigree. Every startup may be its own Petri dish for success, and that's reason enough for your company to think carefully about the mindset of every candidate.
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