In the previous post, I shared one of the hiring mistakes we did at Avoma that we hired for skills and not for passion.
But the question is still unanswered, how do you hire for passion in early-stage startups?
If I want to hire for passion in the future, I’ll ask these two questions:
1. What are your passions? (So clichéd 😊)
The goal is not to understand “what” their passion is, but “how” they talk about it.
Their passion could be about literature, painting, sports, etc. and not necessarily about early-stage startups.
But you can judge how passionately they talk about their passion, how deep they go, how do they find time to work on their passion, etc.
2. Do you have any side hustles?
The goal is to understand if they have the ambition to turn their passion into an additional income source.
It indicates their resourcefulness and creativity.
And that’s why they might have a higher chance of being more successful and instrumental in early-stage startups.
Do you agree? Is there anything that you would consider?