Are you thinking about making career change, searching for your first job or looking for different types of organizations? Startups are fascinating for the excitement and good opportunity, but you’ll have to think if you will survive in a less-structured, fast-paced organization? Whether that’s a right place for you to work? Which questions should you ask before joining?
There was a time when joining a startup was viewed as risky, even foolish, because you didn’t know how long the company was going to survive. But in an age when Google and Facebook was founded, those days are over, as they both are two of the biggest companies in the world. “Startups are no longer niche; they have gone mainstream,” says Daniel Gulati. While all these sounds exciting and thrilling, startups still have big risks attached to them.
So would you know if the move is worth the risk? You wouldn’t. That doesn’t mean you should just take a risk without worrying about the results. Instead, take some time figure out if it is right for you or not.
Ask the right questions during interview
It is good idea to measure how the company is doing and where it’s going. Candidates get a lot of the basics right but often fail to hit some of the important topics that are essential to startups. You should ask some questions like will the founders get along in tough timings? How they’re getting funded?
What do founders really want to get from the startup?
Do your research
Don’t just jump to a decision. Use Google. Research about company’s marketplace, people running the company, check the current employees on LinkedIn.
Get second opinions
Joining a startup is definitely a great idea, but great ideas don’t always translate into profit or workplace satisfaction. So before you sign on, meet mentors, talk to them, reach out people who you know with startup experience, though everyone may not think it’s a good move.
Do some calculations
Even if everything is good, you need to think again for a moment. In the worst case if startup fails after some months, you need to calculate how long could you survive on your savings. In your career it is fine to take calculated risks.
I think, it’s always a great time to look at startup opportunities but walk with your eyes open. This is particularly true if you have never worked for a startup before.
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