Can I extend my probationary period if I'm not ready to commit to the job? Is that even done?
I joined a start-up six weeks ago as a part-time (25 hr/week) probationary hire. In the next two weeks, the company will either release me or make me an offer for full-time employment. I've been learning a lot about a field I would like to transition into. I've been making connections internally and externally, and I've been documenting my daily accomplishments, all with the idea of having a convincing pitch for myself in that fateful meeting.
The company is dynamic, exciting, fun... and unpredictable. It's a twelve-person outfit, and they've already laid off one person to save money and terminated another for sub-par performance (he became a father eleven days ago and he missed some key deadlines).
I don't want to accept an offer for full-time employment only to be canned in a few months due to the shifting sands. My managers, the company founders, are so busy with investors, PR, and big-picture stuff that I don't have a good sense of what they think of my work aside from brief conversations and E-mails. I suppose it's possible, if unlikely, that they won't even offer me a job, obviating the question.
Is it outlandish/ odd/ sensible to ask for a "snooze button" wherein I'd stay part-time for a few more weeks and we continued to get to know one another?