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Startup hiring mantra: 7 things your interviewer wants to know

Startups are different from multi-national companies (MNCs) in the sense that they decentralise power and give you a chance to explore.

By: Express Web Desk | Noida |
Updated: October 22, 2016 7:08:44 pm
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The main idea behind a startup is entrepreneurship. They are different from multi-national companies (MNCs) in the sense that they decentralise power and give you a chance to explore. This leads to more responsibility and authority with you which can give you a lot of freedom to work. These are generally not possible in an MNC at an early stage of your career.

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This essential difference is the reason why the hiring policy of startups is different from that of big corporations. Read all about how to crack an interview at a startup here:

Risk taking ability:

By the virtue of being a startup, the founders exemplify a high risk taking attitude. Nothing great was ever achieved in one’s comfort zone and thus interviewers are looking for actions (not words) where you’ve accomplished the same in the past. There are very few who’ve actually walked the talk and those are the hires that align better.


Early stage startups, with limited resources and talent pool, expect one to don multiple hats and add value wherever possible, across domains. That’s where multifaceted individuals who have a diverse experience score higher.

Sustaining chaos:

Startups are high energy, chaotic places. They expect you to sustain ambiguity and yet deliver meaningful, high impact work. Thus, ambiguity tolerance becomes a necessary qualifier for a successful stint with a startup.

Problem solving:

Interviewers look for neither problem identifiers nor critical analysts. What is required are problem solvers who will find solutions, jump into the pit, get their hands dirty, and mend what’s broken for good.

Innovation quotient:

Innovation is key, or, I might say, synonymous with startups. The bedrock of a startup, its ideation and evolution, is based upon an idea that no one thought of before. Not only initially, but in the long-run, startups need to be continuously innovating to sustain in unpredictable and often unexplored categories that they are themselves creating.

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Learning ability:

A steep learning curve distinguishes a startup from a stable, established setup. With multiple opportunities available at hand and a new challenge turning up every day, there is a lot to do and explore provided there’s a willingness to learn, innovate and deliver. The road is difficult, what with stretched working hours, but the return on your invested time shall definitely be worth it.

Vision alignment:

In order to succeed in a startup you need to truly align with the idea and the problem that it’s trying to solve. Identifying with the problem at hand and truly believing that solving it for your customers is the kick that will drive you that no salary or promotion can offer. Startups look for people chasing a shared belief and it’s in the best interest of both to get into an employment contract only when the organisation’s vision resounds with the individual’s personal belief.

– This article has been authored by Vishal Naithani, HR Lead, Shuttl.

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