I was in an interview and at the end I requested if they could do a quick demo of their SaaS (Software as a Service) product. Basically, think I am interviewing at stackexchange and I ask them to show me around the website.
The interviewer then showed me their test environment, it took quite a long time to load the login page and for the interviewer to actually log in. I am not 100% sure if it was caused by application initialization, but I find it not very convincing as it was middle of the day, other developers must have accessed the test environment therefore the application should have already been initialized.
The interviewer proceeded to show me a few sections of the product, each time only showing me the page itself but not the functionality. For once they tried, it didn't work. I understand it's a test environment and things break, but I find it suspicious. There's gotta be something they are proud of or know quite well to show me, right?
The whole demo probably lasted less than 1 minute and the interviewer went on discussing other topics. It felt quite underwhelming to me, and the interviewer didn't show any passion like "Hey look at this feature, it's pretty cool! Let me show you!"
I wouldn't take this job anyway, for other reasons. However, I would like to know if is this a major red flag when considering other jobs in the future?
Edit to add some details:
- The interviewers were both developers.
- They commented on the slowness "because it's test environment" which I didn't find to be a reasonable excuse. They didn't mention having a stress test running, so I assume there wasn't any.
- I didn't ask for a full-fledged product demo, nor did I expect one. I only asked for a quick demo, and was expecting an office tour type.
- I asked for a quick demo because their platform has an average score of 1 star on Google. Which means all of them are 1 star (only a few of them in total). I wanted to see if it's really terrible.
- Since the interviewers were developers I was really hoping they would have something they were proud of. It didn't appear to be the case.