Entrepreneur India spoke to start-up founders about how to go about hiring fresh graduates.
Don’t Just Go For the Schools, Look For the Hunger
More often than not, companies while hiring look at the educational qualification of the employee. While that is obviously important, it cannot be the only criteria through which you judge the new hire. Sometimes, even if someone doesn’t come to a good college they have the passion required to work in a start-up. Monika Misra, co-founder, iKeva, believes that it’s important to look for the hunger and energy for learning. “Check how keen they are to learn and grow. Even if they don’t come from the top schools, doesn’t mean they don’t have the hunger to learn,” she said.
They Have to be Humble
While working in a start-up, one has to work with various departments and people. So, it is important that the new hire should be humble. Mishra points out that sometimes when you hire a fresh graduate from a top school, they can have a certain notion about their growth in the start-up, but it’s crucial that your hire is a humble person. “Skills can be taught but not the attitude,” she said.
It’s best not to hire someone with a sense of entitlement, she believes.
Hire as an Intern
With start-ups it’s tough to plan the future. Sri Charan Lakkaraju, co-founder of Stumagz, believes it is better to have interns and then convert them into employees. “This gives them time to understand the culture and know if they fit the bill for working in a start-up. Hire specialists and not generalists,” he said.
Understanding the culture of the start-up is an important aspect that you cannot miss out. Mishra too believes that while hiring itself, you need to make them understand your vision. “Ask them how they see themselves growing in the start-up and why they want to have their own place in the company,” she said.
Train Them Well
When you have hired a fresh graduate, be open to the fact that they could mistakes. So, it is important that you train them well and make sure they know and understand the process of working in a start-up. However, don’t be too strict with them.
Mishra advises that founders should be open to the ideas of fresh graduates. “Don’t curb their ideas. You may or may not use them but allow them to share,” she said.
Read more at: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/316067
Published by Entrepreneur India on 2nd July ‘18.