With the startup work culture becoming a rage and many a professional jumping from conventional organizations to be a part of the laidback and flexible work environment, it is all but natural for you to also contemplate on a move. However, working at a startup is no walk in the park. While you do get to sit on bean bags and brainstorm with like-minded people, it is not all fun and laughter.
Here are a few things you need to know before you step into the startup world.
The interviews aren't conventional
Unlike traditional offices where interviews follow long-established processes, startup world usually caters to out of the box interview sessions. If you're interviewing for a job at a startup, be prepared to give your interview over a phone call. If not that, you'll be called for lunch with the team you're supposed to work with or you'll spend the day meeting every individual in the hierarchy. The questions asked aren't conventional either and therefore you should be prepared to roll with the punches.
Undefined job description
Most 'multi-national' startups don't have offices across different cities and the employees in those cities work remotely for the company. Unlike corporate giants, startups are forever changing and most people have a variety of duties pooled under a vague job description.
It requires hard work
When you're working at a startup, you are doing your bit to make the company successful. Therefore, your role at a startup will probably be more important than it was while you worked with a corporate giant. You'll have to put in long hours and deal with looming deadlines, but rest assured, you'll feel satisfied with your achievements at the end of the day as you'll see tangible results for all the efforts you put in.
Be a team player
There will be times when you will have to do a job that is not in your profile, but that's what working at a startup is all about. If you want to successfully work at a startup, you have to roll up your sleeves and dive right in at the hour of need. Startups give you the opportunity to not only grow and learn in your field, but to hone other skill sets as well. Be a team player and you'll be rewarded with work experience that will stay with you forever.
The word 'constant' does not apply to the startup world as everything is dynamic. Keep the above mentioned four things in mind to prepare yourself for what you are bound to come across in the startup world before heading for an interview.
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