Should I accept a position at a company under a hiring freeze?
October 2, 2012 1:40 PM Subscribe
Is it way too risky to start a new job at a small tech company under a hiring freeze?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I have had been interviewing with a small (120ish employees) tech company. I did my research before the interviews and the company seemed solid. However, during the most recent interview I learned they are under a hiring freeze - except for the position I am applying for and one other position. On its own this would not be much of a red flag, but I also got the feeling (just a gut thing) that they were looking to hire someone for one project ... but not much else. Is it common to bring someone on for one project and give them the boot when it's completed?
I have a final phone interview with the executive in charge of the department later this week. Would it be appropriate to bring up these concerns with the executive? What are the chances of getting a straight answer from the executive or anyone else?
My professional work experience has been with a large, relatively, stable corporation so a hiring freeze is not something I've been through. Would it be high risk to join this company during what seems to be a financially unstable period? I am not in a place in life where I can take too much risk - though I understand some is involved during any kind of job change.
Aside from my misgivings about company-wide stability, the position itself sounds great, the environment seems like a good fit and it would be a great opportunity. I'm just not sure if it's worth the risk (or even if the risk is real or imagined!).
Any advice is greatly appreciated.
Note: I haven't been offered a position yet but based on my most recent conversation an offer seems imminent.