How do I know if a company is incompetent or just informal?
July 15, 2014 11:48 AM Subscribe
What should someone coming from outside the tech sector know about HR practices in dotcoms or companies of that ilk? (Specific questions about communication.)
posted by psoas to Work & Money (27 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I’m making plans to move from the East Coast to the Bay Area for personal reasons. I applied for a job with a midsize dotcom you may or may not have heard of. (I am not a programmer or a web developer or anything tech-focused; for me this would be a change in sector but not job skills. Also, this isn’t a startup; they’ve already gone public.) A few weeks ago, I got an email asking if I’d be available on Day X for a phone interview. I replied yes and heard nothing back. Day X came and went, then over two weeks later I get another message—sent late in the evening—asking if I can interview the following afternoon. I sent back a polite note indicating that I was no longer interested in the position.
The truth (in part) is that I’m leery of pursuing employment with an organization that leaves such a questionable first impression—who knows what other HR issues might they have? But I am curious whether my expectations might be off: Is this kind of informality with respect to scheduling typical? Or should I have treated it like the red flag that I did? What else should someone coming from a more staid sector be aware of?