What makes a great OpenPayd candidate?

Inside OpenPayd

Posted on May 4, 2023
What makes a great OpenPayd candidate?
Our cheat sheet for applying to join the team.
OpenPayd Editorial Team
OpenPayd Editorial Team
May 4, 2023

If you asked all of our employees what makes a great OpenPayd candidate, you’ll get a few different answers. We’re a team of over 100 spread across the UK, Malta, Bulgaria, Turkey, France and The Netherlands – we’re not a bunch of clones. In fact, our diversity is one of the things we value most.

But there are certain approaches to work that unite us. So, here is a rundown of what we always look for at OpenPayd, regardless of position.

Am I the right fit?

Firstly we want to make it abundantly clear that diversity has been key to our success. We recognise that people from different backgrounds bring different ways of thinking which benefit us as a whole. As such, diversity isn’t only considered when hiring, but is part of the process, with diverse hiring panels for every single one of our roles.

You’ll find multiple languages spoken in all of our offices. Be who you are and don’t be afraid to challenge – at OpenPayd we don’t need any yes-people. In exchange, we’ll do all that we can to make you feel at home.

It’s also important to us that you would represent our core values: Make your mark, Embrace the journey, Grow together, Find another way and Do what’s right. These principles guide a lot of what we do – a candidate that didn’t fit with them would not be a good fit for us.

Enjoying a fast-paced, ever-changing environment is another aspect of OpenPayd life that candidates should be keen on. As a scale-up, things change fast here. We don’t hide the fact that there are ups and downs. This is what makes things exciting! But if regularity is what’s most important to you, you may find that OpenPayd isn’t right for you.

How to smash the interview

All good so far? Well, we don’t hold interviews that aim to catch people out. We want your interview to showcase you in the best way it can, so here are some pointers to help you if you’ve never been a fan of interviewing.

  • Show you interest and curiosity: We don’t expect you to know everything there is to know about embedded finance, but we do have a lot of blog articles on the topic. Having a look at how our product works and what use cases we have demonstrates you have an interest, which is a big plus.

  • New to fintech? That’s fine! For many of our employees this was their first role in fintech, but ensure you’re clear about your motivations for joining the industry. This way, we know that you have some idea what you can expect.

  • Research, research, research! Trends within the industry, our competitors, future predictions – demonstrating that you can pick these details up quickly is a definite green flag.

  • Feedback: Ask the Talent Acquisition team member for initial feedback from the call with them and how you can improve further before the hiring manager interview. They’ll be happy to help!

  • Have clear goals: We appreciate ambition and like to see drive and energy in our people. Think about how you’d like to put your stamp on the common journey. Having a clear picture in terms of your future development means that you are oriented, conscious, and aware; you have put some thought into your plan, rather than simply applying for the financial or cultural benefits.

  • Be who you are: We love honesty and direct answers. No matter how much you prepare and read in advance, always feel comfortable to be yourself.

  • Stay engaged: The interview isn’t just taking place when you’re speaking with your interviewer, it’s the whole journey; from when you first speak to a Talent Acquisition team member, through responding to emails, calls for scheduling emails and every interaction we have with you. Keeping the conversation going is never a bad thing!

  • Ask questions: We of course want to cover everything during the interview process, but if something important isn’t mentioned, please let us know! We value curiosity and eagerness to learn. Asking follow-up or ‘dig-deeper’ questions shows further interest and means you are engaged.

If you’ve spoken to the Talent Acquisition team and an interview is scheduled, we’ll email you these tips, but don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have any queries. Asking questions and being proactive will never do your application any harm.