Here are 4 warning signs that you may want to steer clear of the startup at which you're interiewing:
I'm still waiting to hear if I got the job! 🤞🏼
Good news: over the next 3 hours you will compete to be employed. ⚔️
Do you want to work at a place where every interaction is a competition?
You are worth getting to have a real interview experience.
And you wait, and you wait, and you wait. And then you hear that the "committee hasn't been able to meet." And then "someone is out of town.”
This is known as the "slow roll." Big companies do this too, but often it's literally because they are bureaucratic nightmares.
They are dragging their feet artificially on your decision process to give the other person time to complete their interview.
Ask when you start your interview how long the notification process will take and then hold them to that.
Silence is generally not good when you are waiting for hiring news.
This can be so exhilarating, so exciting, truly there's no better feeling. You are on top of the world...
Making a decision to join a startup is life-altering. You deserve the time to think it over. 24 hours or "you need to sign tonight" or any of these high-pressure tactics are a horrible sign.
Here's a hint: you are actually the commodity, the talent. You are just as valuable in a week as in a day.
But if you are not sure, want time to think, and end up in this high pressure environment... imagine how that extrapolates into what working there is like. Is that good leadership?
(All of this is also true of VC's giving fast-exploding term sheets, though that is another set of tweets!)
Respect, attention to detail, and transparency... this is the foundation.