At times, a project may receive below-average applicants, resulting in a delayed start date.
Why does this happen?
Students apply for projects based on their motivation and interest. When we receive applications, we grade them according to our high standards that ensure every mentor leaves the programme happy with their project experience. We prefer to delay your project if we cannot find the candidates who fit your specific needs—or if we cannot find candidates who are passionate about what you do.
What can you do?
We understand this may be frustrating for you, since you are eager to find people as excited about your company and your products as you (and we!) are, so we have a few suggestions for you to attract more quality candidates:
- Make sure your project sounds interesting and engaging. The first two to three lines are the most important, as they appear next to your project description. They are what drives students to click on it to know more. What is the most exciting thing about your company? Put that in the first couple of lines.
- Make sure your profile, as a mentor, is appealing and makes students want to work with you. The prospect of working with an experienced and accomplished mentor is one of the main reasons candidates apply for projects. Given that the program has the mentorship angle to it, candidates are eager to apply for projects when it is clear there is a mentor who is highly motivated to share his or her knowledge.
- Review the profile of your business. In our experience with hundreds of projects, we have noticed candidates apply about 65% more for businesses that solve relevant issues or improve people's lives. Check your business profile and make sure that you are getting across the message that you intend about your business. If you are able to inspire candidates through your business profile, they may well be more inclined to apply for your project.