Congratulations, you got your interview - now it's time to get serious When I ask you questions about what your company does, you need to be ready with a compelling answer about why you have an opinion one way or the other.
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A big part of this is being able to support your vision with core metrics that you know inside and out. If I ask you what metrics are important to your business and you say daily active users, you should know why, what those metrics are, and how they've been growing.
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That gives me confidence that you have a handle on what's important in your business. After that, it's all about the plan to affect those metrics. It’s not about being right, it is about having a compelling reason for why you think your approach is important.
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Being able to drill in the metrics will help you present a positive business case for why your company is worth investing in. It shows that you're a data-driven founder that is constantly working to improve them. If you don't know your metrics, that's a huge red flag.
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Understand the small idea and the absolute biggest vision of it. Small idea: the local problem you are trying to solve with your startup. But I also want to understand where this can go (something much, much bigger)
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Pitch me the back pocket idea of how big your vision can expand to, something that truly changes the world, and something you passionately believe in. This is ultimately what investors (and YC) are looking for.
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Additional interview tips: 1. Don't talk over each other. Present yourselves as well-oiled machines. Everyone needs to be on the same page - and you need to demonstrate this
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2. Rehearse and practice interview with YC alumni, sit down and pay attention to the types of questions they ask Have some compelling answers ready in your head for when you need them
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3. Brevity is king (similar to your written app). The easiest way to earn your interviewers attention is to give short, punchy and powerful answers.
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4. Don't get over-defensive when your idea gets challenged (and it will, trust me) It is the interviewers job to stress-test your idea. You need to be comfortable admitting when you don't have all the answers. It also shows that you are open to new ideas.
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