I read all the books about it. All of which talked about taking your time to hire the right person. I always had the best intentions at the onset of all my startups, where I vowed to only hire the best – and if I have any doubt, I wouldn’t hire.
Truth be told, I never stuck to that promise. No matter what we did in the hiring process – written tests, exams, multiple interviews – 1 out 2 times we got it wrong.
What we did do right is we fired fast. It usually took less than 2 weeks to know whether the person we brought onboard would fit in our culture and become a key team member. If it didn’t work, we would let them go quickly. But if the fit was right after that two week, we did everything in our power to keep them forever.