Founder of Notejoy Shares What She Looks For When Hiring Startup Talent

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By: Carli Evilsizer | September 25, 2018

Ever wondered what it takes to get hired at some of the best startups? We chatted with Founder & COO of Notejoy, Ada Chen Rekhi to learn how she landed some of her past marketing roles and what she is looking for when hiring.

Before founding Notejoy, Ada held senior marketing roles at amazing companies like SurveyMonkey and LinkedIn. As a marketer by trade and a serial founder, Ada’s tips are perfect for anyone looking to land a marketing job at a small or large-scale startup.


Startup Interview Tips From Notejoy’s Founder & COO of Notejoy, Ada Chen Rekhi

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Ada Chen Rekhi

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Ada Chen Rekhi is founder & COO at Notejoy, a collaborative notes app for your entire team. Notejoy brings a fast and focused workspace for businesses and individuals to get on the same page and leverage team knowledge. Prior to Notejoy, she founded Connected (acquired by LinkedIn) and held marketing leadership roles at SurveyMonkey and LinkedIn. She writes on marketing and startups at and on Twitter @adachen.



1. Show your passion for their mission.

"Startups are inherently mission-driven because they are taking on big, audacious problems with very limited resources. They want people on board who share that mission. Telling them why you're excited about their industry and the company in particular, in detail, can be an effective way to stand out from the crowd of applicants."

2. Roll up your sleeves.

"Some of the best applications that I've gotten for marketing and startups have taken it to the next level by demonstrating that they're ready for the job. They will proactively find ways to show that they're ready and excited to do work. When I worked at a gaming startup many years ago, I had an applicant who created their own website and wrote blog posts reviewing our games! We were really impressed." 

3. Ask lots of well-informed questions.

"I love it when candidates come in and ask a lot of questions about the business and the audience. It's important to distinguish between good questions and bad questions, however. Good questions show that you've done your research in the company and are excited about digging into the next level. They demonstrate that you've done your research and you're excited to learn more. Bad questions are basic questions like, what does the company do and how does it make money? They can show how little time you've spent preparing for the interview. If you haven't taken the time to visit our website and look through it, it reflects poorly on you." 


Things to Remember When Interviewing With a Startup Founder

If you really want that startup job, it’s imperative to make sure the founder knows exactly why you want it! Beyond being passionate about the startup’s mission, be sure to have specific examples or stories highlighting how and why their mission is so important to you. And you might have already read elsewhere to come prepared with questions but make sure the list of questions you have are actually GOOD ones. A founder is much more likely to be excited about a candidate who ask questions showing they have done their research and are excited about everything the company is doing now and in the future.


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