How to build a great team—hire people with shared values

Mitch Ray
2 min readJan 18, 2022

Most organizations hire people based on a job title and description they believe is exactly what they need.

Throughout this process they interview dozens of people who may meet the requirements but may not be a good fit for the organization.

This is because the single most important thing to hire someone for is their values.

Hiring based on values first

An example of this is compare to compare two potential developer hires:

  • Developer A — 10 years of experience, values doing things their way, unwilling to change methodologies
  • Developer B — 2 years of experience, values learning, open minded to new ways to deliver results

On paper Developer A may seem like the obvious choice due to their history but from my experience Developer B will provide a much greater impact for the team because of their values.

Being continuously willing to learn, fail, and grow will resonate throughout the organization and result in the team having a stronger set of shared values.

This is just one example that applies primarily to early stage start ups but the concept works based on your organizations values.

Define your team values

If your entire team is rallied around scrum methodology, don’t hire someone who is really excited about another methodology and will not be inspired to adapt.

In order to effectively hire based on values, it is critical for your team to define their values.

Each team is unique and hiring one new person creates a new team. If you find yourself hiring people who seem great at first but end up creating friction, ask yourself honestly if they are a good fit for your team’s values.

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Mitch Ray

Meteor Labs provides high-quality software design & development for clients including small businesses, start-ups, & Fortune 500 companies.