Business students around the globe study the case study of Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to Antarctica in the early 1900s. It may seem like a far cry to relate an Antarctica expedition to a startup, but it’s not.
When looking for people to join him on his expedition, Shackleton didn’t look for hard skills or expertise specific to Antarctica. Instead, he sought people who would be resourceful, flexible, agile, and tackle any problem thrown their way. He could teach them the rest, but those skills would be invaluable to the expedition.
Look for those same qualities in a potential new hire: People who are willing to wear multiple hats, get their hands dirty, and simply get things done. For the right candidate, the nature of this role is incredibly exciting. At a startup, they might have opportunities to be exposed to different functions, speak directly to customers, or have a tangible impact in a way that would not necessarily be possible at a large organization.
Finding candidates who can be force multipliers is key and sets the stage not only for startups’ success, but also for individual employees to thrive and feel fulfilled.