Category : Advice

Winning Interview Tips

I have interviewed hundreds of individuals in the past couple of years for different positions, including; management, development, research, telecom and many more. I believe there are a few factors that lead to a successful job interview.

I usually compare a job interview with a sales meeting — they both have a lot of similarities. It should be pretty easy for a good salesperson to deal with a job interview and vise-versa. Below are a couple of tips to help you have a successful job interview anywhere, whether a small business or a corporate:

Talk to the point

I have seen many individuals taking more than five minutes to answer a simple question. If you are asked to explain “How many people have you supervised?” then only give them the number saying “I have supervised a team of 30 people during the last two years” and that should be enough for them to move on to another question. Do not provide additional information including examples of your management, unless you are asked to do so. So the first tip is to talk to the point, don’t make it difficult for the panelists to understand what you just said. Talking is good but talking too much can sometimes lead to making the panelists feel bored and make them want to end the interview as soon as possible.

Be Honest

I have seen candidates coming to job interviews with the ultimate goal to prove that they are the smartest among the candidates. I am not saying it’s a bad intention but sometimes some of the candidates begin to provide false information or answers out of the sky, no matter what you ask them. If you don’t know the answers to the questions asked from you during a job interview then you will probably not get the job but why would you damage your reputation and end up not getting the job? Therefore, it’s always best that you provide the honest possible answers.

Don’t Say

Whether you are making a sale impression or giving a job interview, you will some times face the panelists asking you the same question multiple times. They may do it intentionally to see your patience and to see if you would provide the same answer or maybe unintentionally but the mistake the candidates make is when they say in response “As earlier said….”. No matter how many times they ask you the question, always provide the same answer and never use “As earlier said” as a prefix to your answer. The interviewer may some time take it as if you are telling them that you’ve already responded to this question so why are you asking me this again? Be humble and patient.

Choose the right kind of a position

Sometimes businesses end up recruiting people that tend to be very smart but then after spending a couple of months — they begin to realize that the recruitment of the individual was nothing but just a mistake. The point I am trying to make here is that there are people good at talking but not so good at work and vise-versa.

Try to avoid the above, be confident or don’t attend the interview at all because otherwise, you will end up disappointing yourself. I have seen people applying to a telecom position from a business background which doesn’t match and wouldn’t work for you either even if you pass the interview.

Those were my tips from interviewing more than a hundred people. I hope it will help you next time you attend a job interview or a sales meeting.

Thanks!

How to establish an LLC in the U.S. from Afghanistan?

Afghanistan has a very restricted market and it’s always challenging to do business out of the Afghan territory especially when you don’t have the permit to travel outside Afghanistan and to countries like the U.S. If you are planning to accept payments online from Google Adsense, an online shop, Amazon or even your own website through master debit/credit card then you must have a bank account in the U.S. or in the Europe, an EIN and have your business legally registered.

Almost all countries need you to be present in order to open a bank account for you or to register your business. That means most people can’t do that and they can’t have access to the global market. But there is a solution to the problem.

Stripe has been known for one of the best payment processors around the world but it still does not have any presence in Afghanistan or nearby countries. I approached them many times to convince them to come to Afghanistan but they have no plans to do that yet. However, they have come up with a creative way to solve this big problem for millions of people around the world.

Stripe has recently announced their new program called Stripe Atlas where they register a company on your behalf in the U.S., open a bank account for you and provide you with an EIN. In addition to that, they also allow you to open a merchant account on stripe to be able to accept payments online.

What’s included in Stripe Atlas?

Form a company

Form your new company as either an LLC or C Corporation in Delaware. Stripe Atlas legal documents have been designed by Orrick for internet and technology businesses. You’ll use Stripe Atlas to generate the documents, file the paperwork, and obtain your Tax ID number. Our goal is to have you up and running within a couple days. This includes:

  • Entity incorporated in Delaware—LLC or C Corporation
  • Signed documents to establish company rules, founder ownership, and IP ownership
  • Registered agent service, renewed annually
  • IRS Employer Identification Number
  • Free templates for common legal needs after formation

Bank account and debit card

Open a bank account—complete with a debit card—without visiting a branch in person or faxing in paperwork. You’ll be able to log in to your account after signing documents.

Stripe account

We set up a Stripe account that you can use to start accepting payments from customers in 100+ currencies right away. You can take advantage of the complete Stripe product suite, including ConnectSubscriptions, and Radar.

Issue stock to founders

C Corporations can generate and sign documents to issue stock to the founding team, with templates from Orrick and standard legal terms used by many top startups—for free!

Special offers on startup services

Stripe Atlas users can receive up to $5,000 of free credits from Amazon Web Services, and access flat-rate packages from our partners for legal and tax advice.

How much does it cost?

Stripe Atlas charges a flat fee for all of the above which is $500, you can apply for Stripe Atlas using the following link; https://stripe.com/atlas

Includes

  • Formation of a Stripe Atlas LLC or C Corporation in Delaware
  • Delaware state filing fees ($189 fee included)
  • Signed documents to establish company rules and protect IP
  • Tool to issue stock to founders (for C Corporation)
  • First year of registered agent fees
  • Tax ID (EIN) filing
  • Bank account opening
  • Access to the Stripe Atlas Community
  • Free templates for post-formation legal needs