Even if startups are pretty trendy right now, when it comes to attracting the best talents, competition is still fierce among corporate companies and their big names. So what can you do to make the difference and convince great candidates to join your startup? Here are some arguments you might be willing to use during the interview:

  • Forget about the “photocopy/coffee internships”

Truth is in big companies chances of interns being given real responsibilities are pretty low. Especially if they only have a 6-month internship of previous experience. On the contrary, your startup might be willing to hire and trust a young motivated intern and actually give them real responsibilities. Make sure to highlight the importance of the missions they have to complete and how they will impact the business’ growth. Lastly, hiring an intern uses precious resources like time and money, stress the importance of the diligence and thoroughness required in your startups environment.

  • Learn and grow in a record fast time

As the startup grows, the whole team will experience new situations, learn from their mistakes, and eventually pivot, improve and change things. There are many opportunities for your interns to see all of the company and its mechanisms, be part of the decisions, and experience accelerated learning.

Joining a startup might be one of the most concrete work experiences to be valued on their resume. They will be able to show tangible results from their work, illustrate interpersonal skills such as flexibility and reliability, demonstrate a particular interest for operations, decision making /problem-solving, and gain a better understanding about a specific career orientation they’d like to take on.

  • Be part of a great team & join an awesome community

Startups are entities relying more than anything on their team. Your team is your strength and just as you advertise it to a board of investors, you do it as well for your interns. Question: Who will they work with? What are the talents on the team? What can they learn from you? What networks do you have access to?

Then, talk about the company culture you have and what makes the daily life so nice at your office: flexible hours, open-space/co-working with barbecue spot, after-work drinks, off-sites abroad, casual dress-code, weekly meetings, flat hierarchy, etc.

Last but not least, entrepreneurs are a huge family and a very welcoming community. Hackathons, networking events, demodays, and so many more events are organized by and for the startup folks. Integrate your interns among your peers and encourage them to participate so they can grow both their knowledge and their network. There will be a win-win outcome for sure.

  • Live a unique adventure & get hired

Well, I guess this is the best and final argument you can give them. Whoever has had the chance to join a startup will confirm it: entrepreneurship is an incredible adventure, full of ups and downs, great emotions and beautiful memories. Give your interns a sense of commitment, trust and excitement to have them be part of your startup. And of course, hiring an intern is nothing but an investment for you, so chances they get hired by the end of their internship are pretty high. Give them perspectives and they shouldn’t doubt for a second to tell you a big YES! : )

Written by:

Meryl His 

linkedin Project coordinator