Just thought of a couple of lessons learned, can't believe I forgot them - they're good:
- Black Hat OK, or not OK? This is something you don't think to ask, but you need to. One of my industry friends got into her job and a few months later found herself being told you have to do Black Hat SEO. As she's a white hat by nature, it was an ethics issue and quite a concern. Honestly, I never gave it one thought. Coming from a big brand, it was never a question - I'm angelic white! I was so glad she reached out to me and I helped her find a positive spin to her situation. But, more importantly, I knew to ask.. and I'm glad I did. It turns out the next company I interviewed had a gazillion sites, and one of them was run by a subsidiary doing blackhat SEO. I would be involved in the site, and they planned to move to white hat tactics, but it would be a little while and, honestly, I wanted to no part of it. So, I was faced with quite a dilemma...
very good job, VERY good money, POSTIVELY GORGEOUS sign-on bonus...
hmmmm... decisions, decisions.
I walked. ...Are you reading this Google?? Should be triple brownie points for me!
- Let them make the travel arrangements. Ugghhh... dealing with reimbursements for one of the interviews I went on. Sounded like a good idea at first, "Jessica, you can make the travel arrangements so it's at your convenience and easier than going back-and-forth, then we'll cut you a check". Sounds easy enough. It definitely made it easy to get things done quickly and arrange flights on my schedule. But now have a different perspective.. have fronted a decent chunk of change for all - hotel, airfare, car. Have submitted the expenses via snail mail (must have originals) and now they need a W-9. So frustrating, and I'm in the midst of a move in 2 weeks, of course I can handle this. Next time, the company will be making all of the arrangements. Hindsight is always 20/20.
By the way, if you're from that company... no hard feelings. And my W-9 is ready to go. :)