How to ace your interview for a start-up

How to Ace your Interview for a Start-Up

Be it large corporates or start-ups – you are bound to get worked up and nervous at the thought of getting interviewed. Interviews are always a daunting process, but your performance depends on how you align your preparation to the company size and type.

How difficult can interviewing for a start-up get, you may wonder? Contrary to mid-size and large companies, start-ups constitute of a much smaller and intimate team. Apart from having knowledge about your own role, you are expected to wear many other hats and multi-task. Hence, it is important to understand the nuances of the start-up world and think like one before walking into that interview.

You also need to be useful in every role – a jack of all trades. But this is a difficult thing to prove. Our employers love seeing evidence of wide learning on applications, so we made this communication and numeracy basics course.

Apart from the usual preparation advice, here are 4 additional tips that you must keep in mind to ace your interview for a start-up.

Do your Research

Nothing disappoints an interviewer more than a candidate who appears to be clueless about the company they are interviewing for.

The first step is performing extensive research on the company, founders, interviewers and competitors. Look up their websites and social media profiles to understand their work and how they are perceived by customers. You can also take to websites like Glassdoor to get a better understanding of their company culture and what their employees are saying about them.

It is a good idea to use their product or service to get a first-hand experience of their brand. Apart from doing research on the company, make sure you get updated on the industry trends and also keep an eye on what their competitors are up to.

All this research gives you a holistic view of the start-up you are interviewing for and adds value to your responses during the interview.

Be Prepared with Ideas

While conducting your research, always make notes on what you think the start-up’s pain points are and the solutions you would like to pose for the same. Considering they are a start-up, there are bound to be in the growth and development stage and by sharing your ideas with the interviewer, you not only demonstrate your understanding of the business, but it also showcases your critical thinking and problem solving skills – both of which are hugely appreciated by start-ups.

Demonstrate Culture Fit

When you interview for a start-up, one of the major factors interviewers assess is if you are a culture fit and if you have what it takes to help the start-up grow.

While joining a start-up might sound exciting, it is equally demanding. In addition to highlighting your skills and past experience, you need to demonstrate a hands-on attitude and express your ability to take initiatives and ownership.

Ask Relevant Questions

“No questions” is the last thing you should say when you are asked if you have any questions during an interview. It reflects lack of research and interest on your part.

Don’t hesitate to ask the interviewer questions surrounding the company’s funding, future plans, current growth, challenges faced, competition among other useful ones. Always keep a mental note of the important questions you want to ask and find the scope to ask them.