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Turned down an offer with a startup because the work responsibilities seemed to be beyond my reach with the amount of exp I have. Unexpectedly, the hiring manager is asking for time and expressing that salary and remit can be negotiated... Does this happen often when candidates reject offers? I did not frame my declination as negotiatiable, so didn't expect this response.

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Have a conversation.. listen what they have to offer. And then buy time to think. Don’t say or commit anything on the call.

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Nope. It’s shady. Lookup the reviews on glassdoor and proceed, specifically the negative ones that sound honest and looks like someone took the time to write up.

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Reviews seem positivs - but the role I applied for is a new team at the company. I'm surprised because in the last email exchange, the hiring manager implied that I should give them a decision sooner vs later, so I did.

Assuming the team, company and package broadly interest you try to speak to the person who will actually manage you. Be absolutely clear about your reservations and whether there is a role for you given these. It sounds to me like they are interested in you and (unsurprisingly as a startup) probably very flexible about specific tasks (they probably don’t even know them exactly yet!).

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May come with the start up environment, but I don't think I'm at the stage in my career yet to be a one man team... Out of respect I'll definitely speak to them on the phone, but I don't think my skills match what they need for this role.

I had this happen to me about 2 months ago! I think places are really trying to make a leap and do great things by acquiring the best people. I didn’t accept the role though because it felt weirdly sketch so yeet

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What did you end up saying? I want to be respectful and give them a reason, but not sure if I have anything to add to the fact that it's not a great fit

Interesting! I have never had that happen to me

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Negotiations are not always about money. They can be about how you would build a team around you, budget responsibility, or growth promises.

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Any insights on how to navigate would be helpful!

Had this happen to me but with a larger company than a startup. Not sure what to think other than 1) desperate for ppl / not getting enough apps, 2) actually wanting me on the team. Didn't take the offer because I wanted a role that was a different fit. But it did make me question mt decision a little I think be honest that it's not what you're looking for and express your thanks and appreciation for their time and reaching out again. But yes take the call and keep an open mind.

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