What do startups look for in an employee? Are there any desired characteristics?
Apart from a highly skilled resume profile (which is a must because startups run on limited resource pool and they want the best of the best), what are the different characteristics a startup would look for in an employee?
if i own a startup, i would look for
1.the candidate's hunger for the job- is he/she really passionate for the job or he/she simply wants to earn
2.mine is a startup and i can't hire someone who's completely new for the profile. i expect the candidate to have atleast the sound knowledge on what he applied for and want to see that zeal to learn.i expect the candidate to prepare for the interview before he applies. i obviously need a quick learner
3.i see his way of handling situations. what if he be given a lot of pressure or a tough deadline.
4.the way of communication to check how he deals with a team.
5.if hiring a experinced candidate,does he/she posses the skills i require or they just fooling around. do their skills match their experience or they could have learned more.
Work for 5 years like no one else will and you will live the rest of your life like no one else can. As an entrepreneur, it truly is all about that type of hustle. Know that it takes determination, hard work, sacrifice - basically a very strong work ethic in order to be successful. Opportunity recognition is also a key element of success. And know you will make mistakes. The difference between an entrepreneur and an average person is that entrepreneurs call these ‘learning curves’. It’s about adopting the mindset of perpetual learning, which allows your mistakes to motivate you to improve rather than discourage you.
Depending upon the size of the company, I'd look for complementary skills-set. For example, if the candidate is being hired for front-end development, I'd expect the candidate to know UX design in addition to knowing JS, HTML and CSS.
Major characteristic is INTEREST
Multitasking is also most preferable.
These are my 2 cents -
It's important that the startup employee has an ability to get sh*t done. It is an important attribute. Slackers and laid back people have no place in a startup environment.
Another important trait is to believe in the purpose of the startup. If you aren't wholeheartedly convinced, you may not be able to survive for long in a startup.
Apart from this, I think the highest skill is that of communication. Being able to tell in concise and precise words what is important to team mates, managers and clients!