Meeting with a VP

New baQn60
May 13, 2018 16 Comments

I am switching job to another big fang company. After a bunch of meetings and interviews, I am meeting with a vp next week. His boss is under CEO.

What should I talk about here? My technical competence is impeccable and they know this.

I want them to give me budget and headcount to build out a team on a specific tech. What should I do? I only have half an hour with this guy.

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  • Cognizant / Other
    macme4

    Cognizant Other

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    macme4more
    If you are getting such an opportunity, you should already know!
    May 13, 2018 7
    • Netflix finiteloop
      That meant agreed. Dude, you need to be more cognizant.
      May 13, 2018
    • New baQn60
      OP
      I disagree but know that someone would say this because it’s blind.

      Imagine saying “You got into harvard, so you should know how to succeed at harvard”
      How ridiculous does that sound?

      I have no idea why he wants to meet with me or what his expectations are.

      “Google invited you for an interview, so you should know what they’re gonna ask”

      That is bs. Right?

      We know that leetcode would work for google but someone who hasn’t been interviewed at google before and doesn’t ask on blind wouldn’t know.
      May 13, 2018
    • Netflix finiteloop
      @OP Are you still interviewing or already hired?
      May 13, 2018
    • New baQn60
      OP
      I am still “interviewing” but I have met with 5 people so far below this guy, and meeting one more and then him. The impression I get is they already like me, but want to figure out where to park me in the org.
      If I straight out and ask for resource, which is what I want, it may come over negatively.
      May 13, 2018
    • Cognizant / Other
      macme4

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      8 years ago, Google invited me for a round of interviews and I went "blindly" and I'm sure I didn't hit the points they expected.

      Now I'm in the loops, but this time I'm reseaching and networking to understand what's expected.

      So you are trying to do the same.

      We need some more background so we are not blind about this.

      Did you go through interview loop and meetihg the vp is the final step, or did they invite you and meeting the VP is the first step?

      If you have gone through the loop, so you have an understanding of the role and there is a recruiter invoved - that will help you a lot.

      If meeting the VP is the first step, you are being recruited for your special technical talent. Go learn what they are want. But go prepared with some anticipation: what could you possibly do for them and what would be your plan/team be like...learn their priorities and principles too see if it matches yours.

      If the vp has a skeleton job description, can you fill the rest and would you both agree on that or not.
      May 13, 2018
  • Wells Fargo Paperboi
    Agree with lot of info already, but probably also let your personality shine a bit, they know you are technically savvy but they also want a culture fit if they are gonna give you regains a large team.
    May 13, 2018 0
  • Walmart / Product evxJ51
    VP interviews are usually to see "fit". They are not to judge core tech skills. They often want to understand your personality, and if that will fit with the team. Don't ask for budget or resources in the first meeting. All you need is to sell your ideas and ensure that it ties to the work the team is doing.
    May 13, 2018 0
  • Microsoft BADC0DE
    In my experience, VPs want to know three things - where things are, where they need to be, what issues/blockers are in the way (and how they can help with them, or to know they are under control). The rest is fluff. So, perhaps get from the VP some of these points, and how you can help with them, either getting more accurate “now”, strategy around goals, or how you would contribute to leading/driving execution to these goals. Budget and headcount are tools in part and in context of that execution and goals, otherwise it’s just empire building.
    May 13, 2018 1
    • New baQn60
      OP
      Turns out this guy is very technical. We had a fun discussion.

      Pretty sure I gave him a couple free patents in the course of the discussion.

      Then I met someone under him. I just asked for them to increase the level of the position by 1.

      We’ll see what they say.

      Probably won’t take it. Sounds like the org is kinda screwy.
      May 14, 2018
  • Axtria keep_calm
    Ask about current vs future strategies, challenges in the market, increasing competition from some company, increased value for customer.

    Then discuss the specific plans about the specific team you are expected to build, and how it fits into the overall company strategies and adaptability to the market changes. Highlight some experience you may have from your previous jobs about building teams, check with him how he sees the team grow to a certain headcount and if there are any specific learnings he would like to share with you, or anything they he would want you to pay attention to.

    At the end, discuss any next steps depending on how the conversation went, maybe a high level budget/headcount plan he might want to see in an email/doc.

    All the best!
    May 13, 2018 0
  • Cisco binpack
    Thank them and ask them if this is the right time to discuss budget and shit. If not, take their email Id and email them.

    Don't join without clarifying all info. You don't want to be the loser director holding the technical debt bag
    May 13, 2018 0
  • Apple / Eng Everybody
    Big fang theory
    May 13, 2018 1
    • New baQn60
      OP
      Haha.
      May 13, 2018