With 9/10 graduate opportunities now found in startups and SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises), there is a growing awareness of the unique benefits available when working as part of a smaller team; the chance to take on high levels of responsibility from the start and to really have an impact on the business’ growth and development – opportunities which simply aren’t available at larger organisations.
So, with this in mind, the question you might be asking is how do you get yourself in the running for a position at a smaller company? TalentPool have rounded up their top three tips to help you out
- Don’t worry about applying early
Whilst it’s common for large corporate businesses to start their recruitment process up to a year in advance, smaller companies don’t have that sort of time. They’ll move quickly, usually starting their recruitment drive just a month before the expected start date. We recommend waiting until after your finals or even until after graduation, depending on when you’d like to start your new job.
- Do your research
Interviews will often be less formal than at corporates, but this doesn’t mean you should put less time or effort into preparation. You are likely to be interviewed by the founders of the business so it will be very easy for them to tell if you haven’t researched the roles, company, their product, industry and competitors thoroughly! Remember that passion is the lifeline of a startup. If you’re going to have an impact on the development and growth of the business, you need to believe in it (and be able to show that you do too).
- Be prepared to get stuck in
Being part of a small company means there are times when nobody has the answer. You need to show that you can use your initiative and think on your feet to use your resources to make the best decisions for the business. Smaller companies really value attitude over academic achievements and past experience so get thinking about instances where you’ve proactively and successfully sought solutions to a problem.
Guest post written by TalentPool – a recruitment platform matching recent graduates with job and internship opportunities in Startups & SMEs.