Last week my boss offered me a pay rise to my current salary for doing such a good job. Turns out he forgot how much I was paid. He did agree to give me a real rise after I pointed out his mistake.
I went home in a bad mood, so I looked for engineering manager roles in London, and stumbled across a post for "VP of Engineering" at a fintech startup. Like, a real one that has hundreds of millions in loans, my family know because it's appeared on the TV, and is 4 years old.
I mailed the CEO with a quick pitch why I would be good at the job, and he passed my name on to the recruiter, who offered to interview me over the phone. I work at a big company with 11k+ employees and made that very clear from the start. I explained that I have no direct reports, my job is pretty much laterally managing department managers to do things for me.
Cue the phone call, we go through a number of things, and after about ten minutes the recruiter cuts me off to say "look, we need somebody who has previous experience as VP in a startup, otherwise the VCs will lose confidence in us". I pushed a little bit, but my gut feeling was that it was a red line and I had no hope of going any further.
Should I take this as a sign I am capable of working at that level? Should I keep looking for similar jobs and apply to those? Or should I consider it a lucky fluke?