Received FB offer but want to postpone start to keep working on my startup for a while. How to do it?

Uber / Eng KanyeW
Sep 5, 2018 12 Comments

Situation: I’ve already left Uber to work full time on a startup idea. I was referred to the FB position a while ago before I made the decision to leave Uber and work on the startup, so I proceeded with the interviews and now just got an offer. Between starting the interview process and now, the startup has picked up some traction in terms of team/partnerships/validation and I would like to be able to work on it full time for a while and see it out before starting another big tech job, even though I think FB is awesome.

How should I approach telling the hiring manager and recruiter about this situation?

I’m thinking of just asking to make the start date 6-12 months from now so that they have a solid date. But my real preference would be to only get back to them in 2-3 months once I know better if the startup has a chance or not (postponing the decision instead of postponing the start date). Any advice appreciated here 🙏

Oh and TC was 160k at U, 2 yoe

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TOP 12 Comments
  • Microsoft u9
    You’d time to work on your startup and leetcode? Wow!
    Sep 5, 2018 4
    • Uber / Eng KanyeW
      OP
      Lol I didn’t leetcode
      Sep 5, 2018
    • Microsoft u9
      Then how did you pull it off?
      Sep 5, 2018
    • New sdblind
      He mentioned he had a hookup duh.
      Sep 5, 2018
    • Microsoft u9
      Hookup? So no interview?
      Sep 5, 2018
  • Veritas / Other 13Jija
    Just tell them the reality. They would welcome you with open arms even after 6-8 months of delay. All the best with your startup. I hope it’s a big success and you won’t have to join Facebook or any other company.
    Sep 5, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng KanyeW
      OP
      Thank you very much my friend! I hope they are indeed still willing to take me with open arms if it doesn’t work out. Taking your advice
      Sep 6, 2018
  • Facebook sum41pwd
    Just be honest with the recruiter, I think this only makes you more desirable and there is no reason not to take you if you decide to join in the future.
    Sep 5, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng KanyeW
      OP
      I’ve decided to do exactly that. Thanks for your advice!
      Sep 6, 2018
  • New / Eng
    Recentdad

    New Eng

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    These are the stories that keeps me going
    Sep 5, 2018 1
    • Uber / Eng KanyeW
      OP
      ❤️
      Sep 6, 2018
  • Microsoft charli@
    Awesome and all the best..
    Oct 16, 2018 0