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Enternships Founder & CEO Rajeeb Dey Awarded MBE

Written by Enternships on . Posted in Good News

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We are delighted to announce that our Founder and CEO, Rajeeb Dey, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours for services to Entrepreneurship.

The Birthday Honours recognise the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the UK. At just 30 years old, Rajeeb is among the youngest honourees in this year’s list, a fitting reminder that age is never a barrier to achieving great things.

Rajeeb has worked tirelessly for over a decade to inspire young people to pursue entrepreneurial career paths (after starting his own entrepreneurial journey aged 17). Since launching Enternships, Rajeeb has helped over 6,500 companies connect to entrepreneurial talent, inspiring thousands of young people in the process to either work in startups or launch their own businesses.

We caught up with Rajeeb to ask him how he felt after hearing the news, and he said: “It has been an exciting journey. After starting Enternships whilst still a University student at Oxford, to now having helped over 6,500 companies find entrepreneurial talent, I am really proud of the achievements of my colleagues and our contribution in helping expose young people to more entrepreneurial career paths. I am immensely grateful to everyone who has supported me on my journey – friends, colleagues and particularly my family for putting up with me! The MBE has come as a great surprise and will spur me on to continue my mission to find big social issues which need solving in entrepreneurial ways.”

It’s been a real pleasure for us to be a part of that journey at Enternships HQ and we’re equally excited about our next chapter. If you’d like a sneak peak about what the future holds in store, check out Learnerbly, our exciting new professional learning and development platform!

Congratulations, Rajeeb – we’re super proud of you!

 

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3 benefits of video screening candidates

Written by Enternships on . Posted in Uncategorized

Finding bright and talented new members in a company is always top priority for hiring managers but often this can be a be a long winded process after the initial CV & cover letter stage. A lot of time is wasted trying to schedule phone or skype interviews, followed by multiple face to face meetings before the hiring team decide on the most suitable candidate for a particular role. But things are changing and video screening technology is now streamlining the hiring process; so here are our top 3 benefits of video screening and why you should implement it in your hiring process.

 Discover the person behind the CV

 It’s a fact, CV’s are one dimensional and often only give you a snapshot of an individual’s capability and skills. The wonderful thing about video is that it communicates what a CV cannot: energy, attitude, cultural fit and the nuances of individual personality that are the raw materials for creating high-performing teams.

 There is so much that is not captured in an online application and often the best candidates are the ones that come with buckets of enthusiasm and a positive attitude to work, the soft skills which are usually only uncovered in a video interview or face to face meeting.

Time efficient and easily integrated into your workflow

As they say, time is of the essence, and often the biggest headache when hiring is finding the right time to schedule, in between a busy work life, phone or skype interviews before deciding on whether to bring suitable candidates in for a face to face interview.

The beauty of the video screening technology is that it’s asynchronous, which gives hiring managers the freedom to send across their most important questions to the candidates, who in turn record their responses to the questions in their own time using their phone or laptop cameras by a given deadline, taking away the hassle of finding mutually convenient slots that work for both parties.

Our state of art screening software is mobile friendly, giving you the flexibility to review the video interview responses in your own time, between your lunch breaks or on your commute to work; whenever, wherever.  

 Transparency and collaborative decision making

 In face to face interviews, often you are forced to depend on your first impression and the meeting notes you gathered in the interviews to compare multiple candidates. Video screening simplifies this making it easier to compare candidates’ answers to the questions and general demeanor side by side, easily and fairly by ensuring everyone has a standardised and structured interview.

 You can also show the video screening interviews to your team and get their opinions on candidates making it a more collaborative decision; only inviting the strongest candidates for a face to face meeting, thus saving everyone time – yourself and the candidates.

 Finally, video screening is a great addition to the hiring process perfectly integrating into your workflow and is the best solution for time poor hiring managers that want to find the best talent quickly, efficiently and without the hassles of traditional methods of hiring.

Looking for incredible talent and want to try our state of the art video screening package? Drop us a line on [email protected] and one of our team members will get in touch to tell you more about how we can manage the process for you and help you find the brightest talent around!

Getting to grips with office culture during an internship: What to expect

Written by Enternships on . Posted in Hire interns, How To


From the office’s cocker spaniel to scooting in and out of meeting rooms, the startup office culture certainly has an alluring appeal.

As I walked into a warehouse-like office for my interview, there were employees playing ping pong to my left and emoji cushions to my right. My now-colleague, Jeyda, welcomed me and gave me a short tour before my interview took place. One month in, it’s funny to see how differently I now view startups. A delightful mix of Paolo Nutini’s soothing Rewind and my colleague Joe’s exquisitely crafted coffee (which has just the right amount of froth) launches me into the perfect working environment for writing this article.


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After having interned at Enternships for almost a month, here are my top 4 tips on what to expect when entering the world of startups:

  1. Listen ‘n’ learn

Try to learn as much as you can. What’s really different in startups compared to corporate companies is the large amount of responsibility you’re given from day one. The latter could have you alphabetising documents all day whereas the former could have you sitting in on client meetings.

Startups are typically made up of fairly small teams, meaning that each member’s tasks are likely to cross over. You’ll have the web developers collaborating with the marketeers, and you might even have the opportunity to work closely with the CEO and develop a variety of skills you didn’t expect to learn.

  1. Keep up!

The rapid nature of startups means that prioritising your workload is a constant challenge. Sometimes the tasks you’re given have equal importance, so there’s an ever-lasting struggle in deciding which one to begin first. Even when writing this article, I wasn’t sure what I should prioritise!

Even though it can be difficult at times, keeping up with the pace is without a doubt one of the most exciting features of working in a startup. Startup employees don’t sit still because their businesses don’t.


“Startup employees don’t sit still because their businesses don’t.”


  1. Make an impact

In a startup team, everybody works hard and they’ll expect you to do the same. You’ll be working as hard, if not harder than you would in a corporate environment, and one day’s work can sometimes make a huge impact on the business. It’s really rewarding to see that the tasks you’re given make a significant difference.

The team I work with asserts an ethos of passion and authenticity. And doubtless to say, they expect the same from their interns.

  1. Networking

You’d think that sitting across from your boss could be intimidating, but once you realise they’re here to help, you start to develop and grow into the role. What I really love about interning at a startup is that you can go to a networking event and get direct advice from a CEO you saw in yesterday’s FT. It’s awesome.

It can be very rewarding to work in a startup. However much effort you put into your internship, you’ll be sure to get back ten-fold! Make it what you will. Even if you decide that startups aren’t for you, you’ll have an edge over other candidates at interviews because you’ve got such great hands-on experience and so much to talk about.


 

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Finding and doing what you love

Written by Enternships on . Posted in Inspiring

This article is written by Peter Hawke, Programme Leader at Redesign Your Life who has been running his own public and in-company personal development and coaching programmes for 12 years, helping people make big and small changes to their personal and business lives.

Life’s too short to spend it doing what you don’t love. We probably all agree on that, yet over 80% of those in work are doing jobs they don’t enjoy1 . Typically we’ll be spending about 100,000 hours working, which is a long time if you’re doing what you don’t love.

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The Future Test: Are You Ready?

Written by Patrick Andrews on . Posted in How To, Inspiring

Look, not all of us have the luxury of a time-travelling Delorean, or indeed Christopher Lloyd’s hairdo. The future therefore remains uncharted territory. But as a wise man once said, “confidence is preparation, everything else is beyond your control” – so take a peek at the questions below to see whether you’re good and ready, and if you aren’t, what to do about it.