Interviews at startups are pretty tricky situations if you think about it: how do you present yourself as a professional and qualified candidate when everything you’ve read and heard about startups is that they’re fun, casual and love beer? It’s a dangerous balance–how can you make yourself seem like a serious potential employee, while still coming across as a cool person and someone the company could see themselves hanging out with?
Remember those classes and tutorials you sat through in college about proper cover letter and resume writing that included everything from using a formal, “To whom it may concern,” to including an “Objective:” section in your resume? Take everything you’ve learned and throw it out the window, because it’s wrong–if you’re applying to a startup, that is.
A quick search on Google for “the future of startups” yields an overwhelming amount of articles ranging from “6 Start-ups Defining the Future of Finance” to “Are These New Startups The Future Of Media?” From the optimistic reception online alone, it’s safe to assume that startups could very well be the way of the future. Yet startups entering a growth stage can find themselves facing a monumental problem: how do they expand and hire more aggressively without losing the startup culture that got them where they are in the first place?
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