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Hiring Challenges faced by Startups

Even for corporate giants and well-established organizations, the hiring process is an uphill task. Numerous hours are spent looking over resumes and interviewing candidates which definitely affects productivity. According to the Society for Human Resource Management, the average time it takes to fill a position is 42 days.

For startups, the hiring process is even more intricate. Here are some hurdles faced by startups during their hiring process:

Lack of Hiring Policies

Startups typically do not have many of the standard recruitment policies in place like more established companies do. Most startups face challenges during the hiring process with the lack of pre-defined background check policies, documented interview process or even company culture.

What can be done?

Before startups even begin their hiring process, map out the recruitment policy by answering the following questions:

What kind of employees do you require?

What skillsets will your hire bring to the table?

How will the background verification process be done?

What will the interview process be like?

Outsourcing the recruitment process can be one option for startups to save time in mapping out the exhaustive policies which include screening resumes, candidate interviews and background verification.

Pressurized Work Environment

In a typical startup, the roles and responsibilities of an employee are not confined to the role only. In these fast-paced work environments, an employee must be very consistent, independent and have high level of teamwork and innovation. Not every individual is the right fit for the work culture of a startup which requires high level of commitment and can lead to a challenging work-life balance.

What can be done?

Find someone who can handle the pressure of working at a startup. Think about hiring someone who has prior startup experience, someone who can handle the pressure and fast-paced work environment of startups. These niche job openings can again be outsourced with the help of recruitment consultancies which have a dedicated team of experts to provide the best talent for the open positions.

Small Talent Pool

Organizations, especially startups, receive the applications from some professionals – particularly college graduates, where the idea of working with a startup is incredibly exciting. However, most startups are ventures that are putting a majority of the profit back into the company, so the chances of getting high salaries, great perks and work-life balance are slim to none.

What can be done?

If employers expect their teams to work for longer hours for less money, they have to make it worth their while. Flexibility in working hours, work from home arrangements, and an exciting working culture can be a few of the ways to make a young professionals’ work experience good. Also, offering higher positions and unique work experiences that other established companies can’t, will attract more qualified young professionals.