The ten years I've worked since graduating college have been for companies with more than 40,000 employees. I am being interviewed by a startup. The job seems to suit me and I am ready for the culture difference from working for a giant company.
- The founder is interviewing me
- They have a hardware & software product
- 3 or 4 employees and is looking at hiring 3 to 4 more
- The hiring is contingent on completing their first sale
[Edit]: I have a relationship with the founder and have been following his progress for six months. He has founded at least three successful startups (independently verified) and I have no reason to doubt the "first sale" story.[/Edit]
What questions can I ask the founder so I understand the company and my place in it?
What can I expect in terms of benefits?
I like a lot of things about my corporate job. Like paid vacation and great healthcare.
Is it appropriate to ask for a signing bonus?