Queries to clear before joining a startup

Posted on 06th Jan 2015 | 1036 views

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You have applied for a startup company and got shortlisted for the job interview. But many job candidates will stop at this point and think that they should go ahead or not. But you need to consider below points to work before for a startup company. But it is known fact that many startup companies have been showing tremendous growth and career experts also suggested that there will be a speed and accurate growth in startup companies to climb the hierarchal ladder. It clearly shows that there are multiple advantages with startups but the process system will be at initial stages and there will be no history to go ahead. Below 'Key Questions' can be asked an interviewer is to avoid a mismatch of expectations.

The main objective behind these questions is that to know well about the company before joining it rather than getting surprised to the things come in your way.

  1. Is the product a new concept? Who would I be reporting to?
  2. Will I have a team reporting into me? What are your expectations from me as a ............manager?
  3. Would I have targets?
  4. If yes, please do share with me. In case you have not been provided a JD, please ask Can I have a written JD?
  5. What kind of a 'work culture' you see developing in the company?
  6. What is the background of the Owner/Director? (Do some check on your own also).
  7. While I know there will be late working hours, how late can it get?
  8. On what date can employees expect their salary and reimbursements?
  9. Is there a HR department/person in the company?
  10. Would I be expected to work on Sundays and holidays?
  11. Would I be operating out of home or from an office?

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