What are the best business insider tips for hiring employees?

Invest in a thorough hiring process. There's nothing worse than a manager who doesn't think you can do your job well. Tim Berry, founder and president of Palo Alto Software, was able to grow his company from zero to 35 people by offering employees good salaries, excellent healthcare, and the freedom and independence to do their jobs. We asked a range of entrepreneurship experts, including founders, investors and business professors, to explain some of the best hiring practices to us.

In exclusive conversations, they shared revealing questions during the interview, the most common mistakes to avoid, and how to know when you're ready to hire your first employee. To illustrate the value of good hiring practices, Insider spoke with business leaders who are experts in overcoming each of these hiring challenges. Welcome to Talent Insider, a series of insider articles and an interactive resource for companies looking to hire and retain staff.