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What to Look For When Hiring Your First Employees Your startup's initial employees can make or break the place. Choose wisely.

By Paula Andruss

This story appears in the May 2015 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Chris Cancialosi of gothamCulture.

The first few employees at your startup are crucial. They set the tone for your company and determine whether you fade out or make it to the next level.

"Hiring the right people is absolutely critical in the beginning, because each person you add will have a significant impact on shaping what will—and won't—be valued, and how people will behave," says Chris Cancialosi, founder and managing partner of gothamCulture, a New York-based organizational consultancy.

We asked Cancialosi about attracting and selecting employees to create the right corporate culture from the start.

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