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3 Tips On How To Crush An Interview From a Start Up Company

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One heck of a tiring process

We’ve just completed our latest hiring process. We added 4 new members to the team bringing our total tally to 16 people in the team.

It’s a really intensive and time consuming process. The initial phase of putting up job posts in different platforms to get as many job applications was quite tough. We put our jobs across on StartUp Jobs Asia, e27 Jobs and JobsCentral. To be honest, the best and most relevant talents came from StartUp Jobs Asia. Thanks Ben!

Our thoughts

One of my friends mentioned, interviews are total opposites of examinations. In examinations, you could know where you went wrong and what you could do better in future. In interviews, however, there’s no way to know what went wrong. 

So here’s a list of what did work and didn’t work for  us. Hopefully, it could help you get better for your future job interviews.

1. We get a lot of irrelevant job applications from abroad. As the criteria for employment pass application gets more stringent we need to be very selective about who we get on board. And because there’s quite a fair bit of applications to go through we speed read through applications for certain keywords.
So if you’re a foreigner; I’m sorry guys we have to be stricter with you. If you’re Singaporean, try giving the start-ups around a try.

2. The keywords that caught our attention were:

  • Your previous employment or what you did in your previous employment. So if you are applying for design position and your previous employment was also for a good design firm, we will definitely check you out. 
  • Highlighted relevant experiences that you think would be useful for the post you’re applying to. You might be looking for a career switch or something new to try. Regardless, it would be so useful to see how you could add value to the team.

This way, we’ll know if  you’re applying to the right job. It’s quite funny when we posted for a web designer and we get someone applying as a draftsman.  A long way off dude.

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3. Linkedin!

If you manage to catch our attention, the first thing that we would do is to search you on Linkedin. 

And if you don’t have a LinkedIn profile, it’s likely that we would give your resume a pass. Let’s face it; we’re a tech company and we rely quite a fair bit on Linkedin. Finding out more about you on Linkedin is a very essential process and it allows us to check what you’re possibly capable of doing.

Right, hope you find this post useful for your future interviews. But a big thank you to all who applied for a position in our company. 

*Side note*
We’ll be hiring in the second quarter of the next year. Maybe just one or two more then. We’ll keep you posted on this.

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