From the oddball questions you get in a Google entry level job interview, you might surmise that they will hire on brain power alone. While your ability to perform specific functions and have an ability to hack your way into solutions are both critical for startups, there are other soft skills that are equally as prized by startups. If you want to get in on the ground floor, you can impress your future fresh graduate job employer with the following skills:
An Unremitting Passion and Drive
New grad jobs at startups are demanding and have unusual hours. If you can show how passionate you are about the mission and how you’re willing to work like a mad dog to make the vision come true, it will score you points with startups.
The Ability to Trust and Be Trusted
There will be tough problems that will have to be handled with a team approach. Show you are trustworthy and reliable enough to be a part of a team that runs across the finish line together. If you can't trust others to follow through on their part of the work, then you'll also create problems. Learn to trust and be trusted by engaging behaviors that show you have integrity and confidence in your team.
A Streak of Entrepreneurship
Did you make money on the side in college creating your own app or being an Uber driver? It’s not about the amount of money you made, but about the streak of entrepreneurship that will be a classic fit for a startup environment. Show you know what business is all about by showcasing these gigs.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.