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This is not the job I was hired for! This interview is nothing like the job advertised!

Sound familiar? Tips for Jobseekers on how to avoid these scenarios

Sound familiar! Job Seekers listen up…..you are not alone. This is a common complaint that we hear from applicants that apply for roles only to discover upon interview that the role is completely different to what was described in the ad or worse still when you actually start a new job only to find the role is nothing like what was discussed in the interview-leaving you regretting your decision.

The good news is that you can reduce the likelihood of these scenarios happening in the future with a few simple steps;

  •  If you are successful in being invited to attend an interview, clarify the position over the phone and request a copy of the job description to be sent to you before you attend the interview. This gives you a chance to read over what is required and assess if it is right for you. It will also give you the added advantage of the potential line of questioning the interview may present, allowing you time to prepare answers.
  • During the interview, don’t be afraid to ask questions that will help clarify what is required in the job and what will be expected of you should you be hired for the position.
  • If you are offered the job and you are still unsure about certain aspects of the position, request a 2nd interview where you can gain further clarification of the position and its requirements.  You could also  ask to meet the team to give you a feel for the company and the personalities you will be working with.
  • Upon accepting the job clarify how your performance will be monitored or appraised so you will know exactly what will be expected of you.
  • Once you have started your new job, don’t be afraid to ask questions and discuss how you are going and any concerns you may have. 

Believe me hiring staff is a costly exercise for any employer and these are scenarios they also want to avoid. With a little questioning and planning at the start you will be well on your way to a successful new position!


Kristi Gomm

Tags: Interview Tips Job Seeker

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Kristi Gomm

Kristi has been a member of the inPlace Recruitment team since 2001. Kristi has established excellent relationships with our clients and she brings a wealth of recruitment knowledge and experience to her role as well as over 15 years travel industry experience. In 2014 she moved into a Marketing position and is now the Marketing Manager at inPlace giving Kristi a chance to put her creative talents to good use.