My colleagues & friends, and me
In all kinds of companies, recruiters tend to focus a lot on skills and applicants on different aspects of the companies they apply to. If all of us (recruiters and applicants) want to work in a company with a good atmosphere and culture, we sometimes pay too little attention to people human qualities (as recruiters or as applicants).
Most startups are (more or less) fragile, fast-changing, growing and (often) innovative companies with a strong corporate culture. Working in a startup is amazing and you wake up every day knowing that you’re needed, really needed. Responsibilities and uncertainties are exciting, but also stressful. Every day is a collective mission which is hard to handle without a common passion. And it’s hard to share a common passion with people with few human qualities.
No matter what definition of a startup we agree on, human qualities are, in my opinion, the most important things to take into account while growing a team. Skills are of course a must-have (I mean I’m really nice but I would not recommend me as a back-end developer in any company) but human qualities as well. Startups should be like big families, with good and bad times, issues and celebrations, but always with respect, sharing and caring.
Of course, we’re not living in a perfect world so trying to reach the perfect atmosphere and the perfect culture every time is close to impossible, but at least, focusing more on human qualities when people recruit or apply to a company would make many companies and employees much happier.