The pressure of job interviews can often be intense. With different approaches followed by different companies it only becomes all the more difficult and unpredictable as to what exactly would work the best in your favour.
Coming to the rescue of job seekers is Skill Prodigy a startup founded by Neeraj Puntambekar and Ritu Raj Das, which is building a multi-feature, mock interview app that connects job seekers to industry-leading mentors and experts for gathering feedback for themselves. The professionals can upload audio and video responses to the mock interview questions and then receive advice and suggestions from the mentors on their strengths and weaknesses through a 360-degree feedback mechanism.
Using the app is pretty simple. Users just have to download the Skill Prodigy app from the Play Store and register themselves to the platform. Once done, they can now choose a question of their own choice and upload answers in either audio or video formats for their peers and experts to review. The app is unique in the sense that it brings the feel of a closely-knit professional network where users and their peers can review and provide feedback to each other’s questions. If you intend to seek the opinion of an industry expert as someone who specialises in a particular area, you can request expert feedback.
The database of questions included by the company in their product helps people understand the nature and format of how professional interviews take place.
Skill Prodigy works on a peer-to-peer (P2P) model and since having like-minded individuals around oneself fosters a feeling of shared knowledge, the social community helps such individuals immensely both in terms of experience and the insights one might get when trying to crack an interview in those companies.
For individuals looking for a very specific kind of mentoring, Skill Prodigy also offers customised mentoring plans for those who want to put an extra mile into making themselves job prepared.
Due to its unique approach and different target audience, its main competitors as of now include apps like English House, Interview Buddy etc. and off-line training workshops and institutes.
But as per the founders since the offline model doesn’t allow the members of such workshops to reach out to specialist mentors post the completion of the workshop, Skill Prodigy helps them to seek opinions from those in superior positions, whenever they want.
The two biggest challenges that Skill Prodigy faces is-
The business model that Skill Prodigy adopts is pretty straightforward. They have 3 plans in place at different price points so as to provide significant value to job seekers who flock to the platform. Apart from this, the team at the startup also conducts workshops in universities across the country, while doing the first one at the location absolutely free-of-cost.
The Skill Prodigy founders want to invest heavily in brand-building to increase the reach for their product and scale it on a pan-India level by the end of this year, ultimately making it the top destination for those taking their first steps into the corporate workforce.