How to Hire a Kickass Team for your App Startup

By  Zainab Agha

December 21, 2021 2:22 pm EST

It is the people that make a place and to scale your startup you need the very best. Organizations succeed partly because of the people on the shoulders of which they stand. This is why founders are more confident in people who have worked for successful startups. It shows they have it in them to build a business. 

However not every startup can afford to attract notable and influential app developers in the industry. So do they settle for the first person who walks into the interview room? Never!

Here are some of the tips to hire the right people to help you create your mobile application. 

What Skills are Required for the Role

Can They Grow with the Startup?

You want employees who can match your goals. Sure everyone wants someone who has done it all and seen it all to work for you, but these are not employees who will stick around when they get the next best offer. 

You want people who are starting out, have immense potential, and can see themselves building a business not for you, but with you. 

Do not hesitate to share with your team your vision for your company. Let them know where you see them and you ending up in five to ten years’ time. This will motivate them to make this vision a reality and stick around to see it through. 

Hard Skills Should Only be the Start

Sure competency is the first screening stage but skills can be taught. You want people who can boast incredible soft skills. These are hard to teach. Finding someone who can keep their cool under pressure and minimize mistakes is a true find. Someone who learns really fast is also useful in a highly competitive and evolving industry. 

Are they Team Players?

You want team players. One of the mistakes most managers make is that they assume finding a team player is someone who gets along with everyone or does not have an attitude problem. There is more to this quality than that. 

A professional who understands that a job description is not set in stone and can rise to the occasion when needed is essential to a startup. You might find yourself needing someone from marketing to fill in for a task with sales, or someone from business development to help out with a project in marketing. 

In order to understand who can do this, you have to be careful about how you formulate your questions and try to understand how willing the candidate is to be engaged around the organization. 

Collaboration is a Skill

Finding solutions and collaborating with other professionals who have the expertise is a recipe that has spelled out innovation through history. If an employee is truly passionate about making a difference they will use this job as an opportunity to come up with something disruptive for your mobile app. This may mean collaborating with marketing, or design to come up with something refreshing and awe-inspiring. 

Are they Motivated by More than Just the Paycheck?

People have to have their own vision. When you find an employee who matches their vision with yours they begin to give more than their hundred percent to your startup. This is because their heart is vested in the project. 

These are often professionals who outperform others and are always productive. 

Diversity is Everything

You dont want all the people working for you to be the same. Employees who hail from different genders, ethnicities, and backgrounds can bring their own unique perspectives to the table. With a diverse group working for you, you will find that your team comes up with solutions faster and can even identify weaknesses in projects that you may not even recognize.  


Do they respect your people? your corporate culture? your time? App developers should walk into the office on time just as you would care that they do not do unpaid overtime and overexert themselves. 

Respect should always be reciprocated in all situations. Since all employees of an app startup are cogs in a big machine they can only perform well if they are respecting each other’s time and input into the whole process. 

You can check this by noting whether an individual has prioritized team success or personal accomplishments over the success of the business’s objectives. 

Zainab Agha

Zainab started her career in advertising as a copywriter; which taught her how valuable moxie was in the boardroom and translates that in her campaigns. Building brands has led her to explore digital marketing, communication concepts, and what it takes to grow an idea from scratch. In her free time (let’s assume she is a badass with balancing work and play) she travels in heels then complains, experiments with innovative creative solutions that sell, and does stand-up comedy.

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