Making a New Hire: What do you look for in your employee search?

When your business is in a state of expansion, it can be an exciting time. After all, what isn’t fun about offering a useful product or service, realizing a growing customer base, and seeing increased profits?

Oh yeah, and don’t forget the part about adding new team members to help carry the load. The hiring process can certainly be exciting, or if you’re not careful, it can be one of the hassles and headaches that accompanies a bursting business. This is especially true if you end up hiring someone who is not the right fit for your organization.

How can you avoid finding the wrong team member? Is there a way to make hiring employees “fool-proof?” What qualities and characteristics are most critical when searching for a new employee?

At ZulaFly, our growth as a start-up has required us to add more hands to help. We have been fortunate enough to identify quality talent, resulting in a team of experts who are driven to help move our needle of success. As with any business, the hiring process has been a learning experience. Over time, we are proud to have added team members who have the right combination of personal qualities and expertise to add value to ZulaFly.

Here a few attributes we have identified as “most important” when it comes to looking for a new employee:

· Naturally ambitious and the desire to learn. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a critical factor nonetheless. In a start-up, we all wear many hats, so the aptitude to want to learn new technologies and skills outside of a current comfort zone is very important
· Truly embracing the ability to grow your skill set. Working on projects outside of your comfort zone allow you to grow and develop. Finding employees that value this will work wonders for the effectiveness of your team.
· Accountability. Small companies can’t point fingers – it will kill the culture small companies are working very hard to build. Ownership at all levels is critical to the success of the team.
· A genuine team player. If you have a team member who is willing to help out with a project, even if he or she doesn’t know how to do it exactly, you have gained someone who has an attitude that outweighs their skill set… and that is usually a very good thing.
· Understand what needs to be done and just do it. We are all moving quickly in many directions. Employees that see what needs to be done and simply do it are a huge bonus. They save time for themselves and others by not always needing to be told what to do next.
· Those that understand the big picture. Team members who are able to understand what the business is all about, embrace the goals and ideals of the company, and surge toward results can make a lasting impact on the vitality of the company. Individuals who are willing to put in extra time now to grow their skill set, help build the company, and expand their role are invaluable.
· Trust and Respect. These are possibly the 2 most important values we look for when hiring. They tie directly to the company culture we are building at ZulaFly.
· Think outside the box. This is especially true in a tech start-up. Everyone in the business wins when team members bring ideas and suggest technologies that we may not be utilizing today.
· Exceptional communication skills. Team members who possess the willingness to proactively communicate ideas and suggestions can create collaborative magic for your company. EVERYONE on the team is important to ZulaFly’s success. Therefore, having the ability to work together, share ideas, and effectively narrow down a most-effective solution is critical.

Do you feel you would be a great fit for the ZulaFly team? If you would like to learn more about the company and career opportunities, please reach out to us. We are ALWAYS looking for talented, team-oriented people!

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