Hiring for Entrepreneurial Mindset, Recipe for Success

An entrepreneurial Mindset is like a “secret ingredient” in the “success recipe” for your life, careers and businesses.

An entrepreneurial mindset is one of the X factors that contributes to great achievement of successful people, and yet it was not commonly mentioned in their success stories.

If you are an employer or HR practitioner, you may consider more consciously looking out for this quality in your candidates and employees as these people can do wonder for your company.

What is an “Entrepreneurial Mindset”?

Entrepreneurial Mindset is the ownership attitude that is inbuilt in vital people who take full ownership and responsibilities of situations that happen to them or even to people around them by being commited to do what it takes to make things happen. If something goes wrong, these people will be focusing on solving the problems rather than looking for someone or other external factors to blame on.

People with a entrepreneurial mindset are the ones who often come up with a lot of good ideas, effective solutions to problems, feasible action plans and continuous improvement projects.

Just imagine, if you have many high performing employees who care and treat your company like their own, you will have more people whom you can trust to help you run your business, and your business will be well taken care of even when you are away from the office. As a business owner, you can then afford to become a “pilot” flying with the auto-pilot mode on.


If you have managed to have some entrepreneurial minded employees, you are lucky. If not, it is also possible to train your employees to  exercise their entrepreneurial mindset.

For instance, if they are asking for your decision on something, you may encourage them to try to think from the perspective of a business owner, and let them propose the solution/decision to you with the reasons why.

Another way is to always train your employees’ way of thinking with the “why” when you teach them on how to do something or when you guide them on how to handle a situation. When they can understand your decision-making rationale, they will be able to apply your decision-making concept to a similar situation in the future.

Bear in mind that nowadays highly capable employees are not meant to be hired for their ability to strictly follow instruction, but they are meant to be hired for their deep expertise and ability to add value to your company and business.

Do tab on to your employees’ expertise and knowledge before imposing a new idea, assigning them a new project or offering them a solution to a problem, you never know sometimes your employees may have a better idea to share.

Author: Natalie Guo
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Attracting the right candidates

Meeting Mr/Ms Right is usually not an easy job for most people, the same goes to hiring Mr/Ms/Mrs Right for your company.

If you pay close attention to the details of your hiring process with some strategic planning and candidate evaluation process, it can significantly increase your chances in hiring the right person for your company.

The extra time and efforts spent in the hiring process for the right fit is much more efficient than spending it on trying to adjust or fix the wrong candidates to make them fit in their roles and your company’s work culture and in the end, your efforts will most likely go wasted.

In many companies, this is the usual steps of hiring process:

1) Post a job advertisement
2) Check candidates’cv and shortlist some candidates for an interview
3) Hire or keep on looking

How is your hiring process?

Personally, as I am an HR Manager who came from design studies background so I believe that the hiring process can be more creative than that. The recruitment process of today is no longer about having HRs selecting the candidates, the candidates nowadays are also selecting their potential employers too, especially good candidates, they have plenty of choices too.

For HR practitioners, we have to be very clear about “Why should they join us?” and ” What makes us stand out from other employers?” It means that the recruitment and interview process should not be just about “Why we should hire you?”but it should be about creating a positive experience for your candidates to remember your company and be enthusiastic to join in and excited to contribute to the success of your company.

Recruitment process can actually be integrated with marketing & branding process too, only with a different target group who are candidates instead of customers.

If your hiring goals are to attract quality candidates with good qualifications and high potentials to apply for a job at your company, you also have to be an attractive employer to attract these high-quality candidates. Get the right person to conduct an interview with your shortlisted candidates, as this person will be the representative for your company’s image as an employer.

In most interviews, I had attended in my life, people who interviewed me, were generally serious and tried to ask questions to check if I could be the right fit for their company in terms of skills, past experience, willingness to work hard/long hours and explain what I would be expected to do but hardly any HR I met tried to get to know me as a person.

Have you ever tried to understand a candidate as a person? By trying to understand their lifestyle, dreams, life goals, personal interest, hobbies, family background, their life philosophy, way of thinking, what they are looking for in a new career, what motivates them, you can better evaluate if you like them as a person and most likely if you do, you will like them as a team member too.

Author: Natalie Guo
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