I interviewed with a software company 10 days ago. It is not a very big company and has around 40-50 employees. There were 3 rounds, out of which 2 were technical and last one was a 15 minute chat with VP of the company.
I did great in the technical rounds and cleared them. The technical leads who interviewed me looked impressed with my answers, projects, etc. However, when I interviewed with the VP, the chat was going well, and towards the end, he asked me if I had any questions.
Now here is where things started turning weird. I asked him this exact question: "What are your expectations from the prospective employee in terms of work pressure?".
Now like most senior managers, he started with usual senior managerial rut like "In any job, there is always some pressure to deliver good quality work, and one should be willing to work hard in early stages of career." and so on. He also went on to ask me why specifically I asked this question. To which I told him that my current job has too much work pressure and we have to regularly work 50+ hours a week to keep up with the deadlines. Then he said something which sounded like doing extra work to compensate for missed deadlines is not a bad thing and employees are expected to do that. The interview ended here.
2 days after the interview, I got a ping from HR saying "unfortunately you are not selected for this role". Now since I knew I did quite well in the technical rounds, the only reason for me getting rejected was the final interview with VP where I asked him uncomfortable questions about work pressure and work life balance.
Now again 10 days later, the same HR pinged me again, now saying that they want to hire me. The obvious reason which I can think of is that they didn't find any other candidate who had required technical skills like me. So they are again approaching me. How should I handle this? I don't have any other job as of now in hand, and still I wouldn't want to walk into a workplace having senior VPs who get insecure about employees demanding decent work life balance. What should I do? Are there some specific questions which I should ask them to clear things up?