The way the co-founder kept looking at me during my interview
Screw it. I’ll take the bait. Here’s my #MeToo story. One of many. It may not seem like much to some people, but it is to me.
When I interviewed at this startup, one of my interviewers was the COO. I immediately felt uncomfortable with him. It was one of those moments where he didn't say anything inappropriate, but I was definitely uncomfortable with the way he was looking at me.
These situations can be challenging, because I couldn't really point to anything concrete, but I didn't feel that discomfort with any of the other men that I interviewed with. I wasn't very interested in the job, but my contract at another startup was almost up and I needed to pay rent so I took it.
Before I agreed to take it though, I called the recruiter to let her know that I felt uncomfortable with the COO. She emailed me a follow up, saying she let the head of HR know about this and that she would reach out to me. I never heard from her, and the COO didn't ever bring it up with me when I joined the company.
When I accepted the offer, he sent me a private email saying that I did a "spectacular" job in the interview process and that he was excited that I accepted the offer. It did not end spectacularly and it was one of the worst working environments I’ve ever been in. I’ll add more to this post later, I just need to take a break and contemplate if I want to post the name of the company and the name of the coo. I honestly do want to post both, but the founders are garbage people and I don’t know if I want them coming after me. But believe me when I say #MeToo. Very much #Metoo 😕