How to Hire Your First Employee for Your Startup

I'm going to lay out the process of how to hire your first employee in a step by step fashion so that you can take action.

How to Hire Your First Employee for Your Startup

Hiring your first employee will be one of the most important decisions you make.

Not only is this the start of hiring for your startup, it's also the beginning of establishing your startup's culture, defining your own leadership, and dynamics that will shape the foundation of your business.

I'm going to lay out the process of how to hire your first employee in a step by step fashion so that you can take action.

I'll show you how to make it simple, and help you remove any unnecessary stress that might come with hiring your first employee.

Take your time

When hiring an employee, it’s important to take your time.

Not only will you want to consider the type of work that will be done, but also the person doing it.

You don’t want to hire someone who is unqualified or doesn’t fit in with the company culture.

Define the role

If you're hiring someone for your startup, then a crucial step is to define the role.

This sounds obvious, but it's not.

For example, if you are hiring a designer to work on your product, the first question to ask is not "Can this person design?" because that can be learned.

The real question is "Do they know how to collaborate with us?" or more specifically, "Do they know how to take our ideas and come up with designs we like?"

Good designers can do this, great designers can do it consistently, and even better designers know what you're going to ask for before you even ask for it.

But, if the candidate doesn't know how to do it at all, then chances are they won't be able to do it well enough for you no matter how talented they are.

Create a listing on Indeed and other job listing platforms

If you have a startup and you're looking to hire someone, then a great way to get the word out that you are hiring, is to post the role on a job board.

Take your time to create an in-depth job listing, so that people know a good amount about the role before they apply for it.

What to include in a job listing:

  • Be clear with what you are looking for
  • The benefits / bonuses included
  • The salary for the job
  • Describe the application process
  • List the responsibilities that are part of the job

Best online job boards:

Once you have published your job listing, you will have to start reviewing the applications for the position.

Learn how to interview

One of the most important tasks in any startup is hiring.

But most founders don't know how to interview.

As a founder, you need to be able to distinguish between someone who will be useful and someone who will not.

You can't afford to hire people who don't help you move forward.

So you need a way to figure out whom to hire.

You can think of interviewing as a process of elimination.

You want to find out which candidates won't help you and then reject them.

Hire someone that is passionate about your business

When you are looking for a candidate to hire for your startup, look for someone who is passionate about your business.

When you have a passionate employee, that person will do everything in their power to make your business successful and grow.

The bottom line is that hiring a passionate person will save you time and money, by having someone who is highly motivated to work on your business and not let the day go by without doing something to further it.


The best way to hire your first employee is to get someone who wants to work for you so badly they will do anything to convince you to hire them.

The next best thing is to find someone who knows enough about your industry that they can come in and hit the ground running.

The worst way is to recruit using generic job ads which do not accurately define the role.