I had a phone interview recently with a consulting “firm”. I use the term “firm” in quotes, because it’s really just 4 guys outsourcing a bunch of 1099 contractors to their old Arthur Andersen contacts. Fine. Not really what I’m looking for, but I understand the business model.
But the odd thing is they wanted me to sign a NDA / non compete agreement before discussing specific clients. One of the terms was that I could not work for any of the clients discussed for 2 years. For example, if they were trying to position me for a contract with IBM, I could not take a job with IBM for 2 years, even if we didn’t close the contract.
That seems absurd to me. I can MAYBE understand signing such a document once I was accepted by the client.