Ten Questions to ask a Founder

Ten Questions to ask a Founder

I always say that since 2020, the market has started to fall more so in candidates hands. We can be pickier, we can ask spicier questions...we can really interview a company back.

If you're a soft spoken person that values working with healthy, team oriented, emotionally intelligent and mature professionals then you may want to suss out character traits/flaws from the companies founder and your potential direct manager. Here are a few questions you can ask to let your gut shed light on if this is the best company for you.

I recommend rapport building questions or questions that suss out their character. You'll not only be able to pick up on if they are still in love/motivated by the company, if they think about failures, wins objectively, have hope and have the same values that you do:

I always like to start with something along the line of:

"You know its not often someone gets to meet with someone who's built a __ company. Thank you for the time."...

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Interview Nerves? Don't freak out.

Don't freak out if you come across as nervous during interviews.

Even though the recruiter probably notices it, we don't care, and expect it.

Instead use these 2 tricks to calm yourself down:

#1 Realize that recruiters - especially at the higher bar companies - go through hundreds of resumes an HOUR, so when we find a candidate that looks good, we assume they are a fit.

Just say less by sticking to the STAR Method and keep in mind you're interviewing them as well.

#2 Post it Note:
Keep a few on your laptop or near your phone.

Let it say
' I have nothing to prove'
'I'm qualified already'
'I don't have to impress them'
'I can just be me'
'What can I do to make this call easier for THEM'.......interviewers speak to sometimes 5 candidates a day...how can you make your call go by efficiently..?

Choose any and look down at them as needed.

#3 Practice deep breathing during the call as well.

P.S I get nervous all the time (including here).

It's pretty much my default setting at this...

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