What would you consider a red flag when interviewing at a startup?
July 22, 2014 3:49 AM Subscribe
I was recently recruited for a mid-level role at a young startup (tech in development for several years; company has existed for about a year).
My gut feeling about the product and the tech is that it's viable. The market is there, and I myself would use the product. This is not the case for 80% of startup products/ideas that I see.
I'm not so sure how I feel about the founders or the results of the first interview.
posted by Occam's Aftershave to Work & Money (20 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
We spent a lot of time talking about the company culture and the founders' ideas about entrepreneurial life in general. Very little time was dedicated to a discussion of objectives or actual needs that the role would fill, and no time to remuneration or the company's current finances.
My concern is that I am being recruited primarily because I have language skills that are applicable to the company's leading market. Beyond that, the founder who interviewed me doesn't seem to have an idea of what else I could bring to the role, even though I have extensive marketing, business development and sales experience.
I'm wary of being put in a "language-skills" box and taking on default roles that come with that. Those roles are often not well-paid or valorized in small tech companies.
If you have startup experience, what would be some dealbreakers for you when deciding whether to accept a role or not?