Recently, I have been approached by a company to interview for a position very similar to what I am currently doing (albeit wider in scope). This is for a much smaller company (approx 35 total employees). The company has grown a lot in the past 5 years, and has been around for almost 30 in total with stable growth until it "exploded" due to new management. They have described themselves, as being in almost a "start-up mentality" (their words not mine) as a result of market and product diversification, and rapid (albeit safe) levels of growth.
Now, as I alluded to earlier, I am currently employed. The new position is in a different enough sector that my non-compete does not apply so there is no conflict of interest there or anything of the like. However, I do have a few concerns about somethings raised in the interview and some questions for potential changes to my life as a result of the new position.
The interview, I found, was quite disorganized. One person called in (and was just on speaker phone). While the two that interviewed me in person (for a Purchaser position) were the President and Controller of the firm. All of this for a small company didn't raise any flags. What did however, was the disjointed nature of the questioning - jumping from technical skills, to computer literacy to "what-if" questions, to task management and back again. I have never had an interview that "bouncy" before. And I know, it wasn't due to them trying to keep me on my toes because all three of them had a lot of dead air, and "uhm, uh, hmmm" between questions as if they didn't know where to go next. Also, I asked once on the phone and once in person what the scope of the role was, and they volunteered an explanation as well (so 3 reviews of the role in total) and each time it morphed into something bigger. Which gives me pause, that they don't have a clear vision for this position.
My Interview concerns are:
- Does the disjointed interview process give cause for concern or is that more typical in smaller organizations?
- Does the consistent change in description of the role give cause for concern?
- Also, they brought up money (how much I want to make) three times in total (once on the phone and twice in person). Is this a worrying trend? Or normal when going to a smaller organization?
Last week, I asked about Starting A Company - While Currently Employed. Now this position was not known to me when I wrote that question. As a result, I didn't frame it in such a way that the answers really solve the situation here.
Say, I were to take this job, there would be no conflicts (again different sector), the hours would be roughly the same to what I have now. How would I go about partitioning time while starting a new role, and continuing my company - so that I don't give the impression that I am already planning my exit (which, honestly even if I don't take the position I am not planning on an exit due to my company).