On the app, you have 15 seconds to respond to each question, and get given pro-tips like, “DO NOT BEAT AROUND THE BUSH” and “Answer like you would in a conversation, this is not a presentation”. Once you’ve answered you hit return and get another question. Fail to answer in 15 seconds and a sad looking Paul Graham will appear telling you you’ve failed
Be Concise! – The Top Questions Asked At A Y Combinator Interview
But to help you brush up for the interview, we’ve downloaded some of the questions the YC grillers will ask. Many, coincidentally, are the kinds of questions the media will ask you about your startup. So not a bad list to brush up on. Here they are below, though as you can tell they are not in an sort of order.
7 Lessons from 500, YC, Angelpad alum — How to Prepare For Any Accelerator Interview
YC does 10 minute interviews with a few partners and cares more about founders than ideas; 500 does a deeper dive over 20–30 min and focuses on people and growth. With Angelpad, you’ll be talking to Thomas and Carine, and there will be fewer companies in your cohort. Each pre-accelerator company then had a 5-minute mock interview with us.Despite the differences between us and our accelerators, the six of us noticed very similar patterns in the founders. The following mistakes to avoid and advice will help you prepare for any accelerator interview (and some investor conversations, too!)
Interviewing with an accelerator [StartupYard accelerator blog]
So you’ve applied to an accelerator. Maybe StartupYard, maybe Y-Combinator, or maybe somewhere not quite as famous…. What do you need to do to prepare for the interview?The answers might surprise you. This is not a job interview, and it isn’t a meeting with a typical investor.