5 Ways to Hire the Best Intrapreneurs

October 28, 2013

9:00 am

If you’re having a hard time finding the right employee for your startup, maybe you’re looking for the wrong candidates. When looking for a creative and innovative employee, you need someone who is more than simply creative. You need an employee who truly has an intrapreneurial spirit.

So you're probably wondering, “Why should I hire an intrapreneur? Don’t they want the freedom to start their own companies?” See, the thing is, these questions provide answers to exactly why you should hire an intrapreneur for your startup. Startup founders need to hire candidates who are more than just creative thinkers. Your startup needs employees who possess the qualities of a leader who would start their own business, but hasn’t yet (and might never).

If you want your startup to be innovative and forward-thinking, you need to hire people who have the mindset of an intrapreneur. To be a successful startup, you must have employees who will always ask, “What’s next?” This way you will be able to create a company that is truly founded upon creativity, drive, and innovation. Wondering what you should be looking for when hiring an intrapreneur for your startup? Check out these following ideas:

1. They should have a sense of mission.

The best intrapreneurs are born with a sense of mission. When searching for the right candidate for your startup, you should seek people who can genuinely promise their mission to helping your company accomplish its goals. Even if your startup is continually evolving, you should hire an intrapreneur who will believe in your startup’s mission and work toward setting goals that will make your startup grow into a successful business.

2. Look for enthusiasm and passion.

A quality that's really exciting about intrapreneurs is the passion they have for their careers. Intrapreneurs are people who truly have a love for their work and have chosen the path to continue to grow within their passion. This is exactly the type of employee you want working for your startup because employees who are passionate about what they do are truly committed and dedicated to their work. In addition, your startup must have employees whose passion will fuel inspiration, creativity, and success for your company.

3. Lure them in with freedom.

Intrapreneurs are people who have a genuine desire for freedom within their careers. Not only do they want the freedom of creativity, but they also seek a work-life balance that fits their work ethic. If you're seeking to hire intrapreneurs, you should consider offering them flexible options as an employee. Whether it's allowing them to set their own hours or working from home, be sure to consider their needs so they can contribute their best effort to your startup.

4. Feed their hunger for knowledge.

When searching for the right intrapreneur for your startup, it's important to understand these types of people are continuous learners. It's in their nature to always be looking into the future and learning how they can continually improve different products. To attract intrapreneurs, you should help them expand their knowledge and become experts your industry. Whether you provide them with training or send them to events and conferences, provide them with opportunities to build their knowledge. Not only will they improve as professionals, but their expanded knowledge will help your company stay competitive in your industry.

5. Seek their vision for your company.

During the hiring process, look for candidates who have a vision for your company. When they enter the interview, they should be prepared with new ideas for your company and illustrate how they can help your startup grow into a powerful business. When a candidate has a vision for your startup, this means they are displaying their dedication to the position and how they want to build their career with your company.

By hiring intrapreneurs for your startup, you will be able to multiply the success of your company. Through an intrapreneur's ability to be forward-thinking and their constant desire for knowledge, your startup will have a competitive and innovative edge.

Have you hired employees with an intrapreneurial spirit? How have they helped your startup grow?

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Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010). Find Heather on Google+.