I am an engineer with around 10 years of professional experience. I am currently full-time employed.
I was looking for other positions because I was not totally satisfied with my current job. So I applied to a position in another company that looked very promising. The people were great, the technology they use amazing, the pay was very good, hollidays good also, and to make the story short, I felt is the job of my dreams.
I had in total 3 interviews and lots of discussions with the team and I do believe we liked each other. However eventually they rejected me. They argued that although I am a great candidate they had a better one. What is somewhat fair.
Because I loved the job so much, I asked them if they would offer me another position in the company. I said some position with less responsability and, I quote my self "less benefits" than the original position. What would be totally fine for me. In the second paragraph I remark I mentioned, quoting myself "little benefits" wanted to remark I am fine to be paid little for a short term so that I can work with them and learn plenty of stuff I am interested in. That is what I wanted.
Few days later they replied and to make the story short, we agreed on a specific topic and subject I could help them since they lack knowledge on that specific spot. In the very last email, suggested a time and day to meet and start working. What is cool to me.
However, they did not mention or asked or commented or suggested anything about the benefits or commitement. I.e. they did not say if they will pay me, and if so how much, or how many days or hours per week they want me to invest on this.
For me, any mount of workload is fine, I am flexible but need to know beforehand so that I can plan. For instance 1 day per week workload is fine but need to know so that I can reduce my workload in my current job one day per week. What is also fine. Also, I am really cool with getting paid little, but there must be some pay.
What should I do? I know many people just think "Just ask them straight ahead". However it is a bit difficult to ask so straight now that we have agreed to work together. I know other people will say "you should have asked before". Great, but that was the past. I need an answer for the present, not for the past.
Any ideas on how I can tackle the topic of the working conditions?