Unusual situation here. I was contacted for a "dream role" at a small company. I have been searching for a similar role for a long time and these type of roles are very competitive so I was very excited to attend the first interview.
Whilst doing online research I came across their horrible (and I mean HORRIBLE) glassdoor reviews (shouting, bullying, intimidation, culture of fear etc. Everyone agreed the quality of the work was very high but came with a very very high price tag). I contacted a friend who happened to have worked there which confirmed the awful environment.
I went to the first interview and they did not try to hide the reputation. They said the CEO was "very difficult and he did shout at people" and other similar statements which led me to believe everything I had heard and read had been true.
I was invited to a second interview with the CEO and politely told the recruiter I did not think I was a good fit. Ten minutes later he called me saying he had spoken to the person that had interviewed me and she feared she had "overdone it" and "exaggerated" certain aspects and she had "begged" him to convince me to give them a "second chance" and meet the CEO for 10 mins at least. He then wrote this in an email. I said I would need some hours to think about it.
Is being begged to reconsider another red flag? Is there any way to turn them down again without sounding rude?