"Being thoughtful about hiring is the best way to scale an organization. If you get the right people around the table, it makes all the different in the world."
- Matt Mullenweg, Co-founder, WordPress
As famed basketball coach, Red Auerbach said, "You can't teach height."
When hiring new employees and building teams, many startup founders look for the "athlete" candidates. Startup companies are a constant work in progress. Roles and responsibilities tend to change on the regular. Founders consider not just where that person is today, but how they adapt as the company changes.
There are intrinsic qualities employers look for that are tough to teach. We recently tuned into a podcast interview with Matt Mullenweg, co-founder at WordPress and founder & CEO at Automattic.
Here are 4 intrinsic qualities he highlights as being most important when it comes to hiring startup talent:
1) Work ethic
If someone has these four traits, there's a higher likelihood they will be able to rise to whatever the job requires of them.
In addition to these traits, PluggedIN considers these 3 factors when evaluating a candidate:
If you have the right attitude, you'll gain the ability to do the job and then get the experience you need to grow professionally.