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Old 07-18-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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I applied for a job that looked interesting on the website of a large company I'd like to work at. However, the recruiter just sent me an email asking to set up an interview for a different position, no mention of the opening I actually applied for.

Though I have experience related to this particular opening, I simply have no interest in this type of work. I don't want to blow my chances of interviewing at this company, so how do I turn this guy down?
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Old 07-18-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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Why not call him and see if he knows the status of the position you are interested in? You're not refusing anything this way.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:08 PM
 
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Tell him you aren't interested? No big deal.. It takes a lot more $$ to do something you don't want to do.
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:29 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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This has happen to be several times. Once it happen after I drove in for a test and a 2nd time for the interview. During the interview, I found out. I was beyond pissed. Unless you are really in need of a job, pass it up.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:45 PM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I applied for a job that looked interesting on the website of a large company I'd like to work at.
However, the recruiter just sent me an email asking to set up an interview for a different position
It's called bait and switch. Very common in retail marketing.

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...so how do I turn this guy down?
Say no. But... do you really want to say no?

I'd ask a few hard and blunt questions about the OTHER job (re) opening...
and about any other reasonable advancement that might be available once employed and proven.
In case you haven't seen it the phrase is **internal promotion**
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:08 PM
 
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i'd just mention that you applied for the other position and ask whether it's still open. i'd also be honest about not being interested in the new position, as long as you're sure you really don't want it. responses to this will vary, but if they're reasonable they should appreciate that you're not wasting their time when you don't want the job.

i would not be asking about promotions and transfers right off the bat. would you give a job to someone whose first move is to ask how fast they can get out of it?
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:13 AM
 
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At least he actually called and told you the name of the new position--hopefully. I got a call very early one morning asking me to interview for a different management positions. After I got through the interviews and did the in store personality screening they said I was a good fit and just needed me to do the paper applications and the final interview. Then there were two applications and it turned out that the path to the job they had "switched" me to involved first agreeing to work for six months as a cashier. Funny, because I resume showed I had quit a better job in the last two months.

You'd think this would be some small time place, but the company was Lowe's.

So tell them no thanks, it's not something you are interested in. I wished I had sent those scammers packing the first time they woke me up.
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:45 AM
 
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I once applied for a job with a big company, and when showed up for an interview, I was told they did not want me for that position but wanted me to take over as department head for that department which I was well qualified to do. I took the job and started the next day.

Sometimes you are offered other jobs than you apply for, because they have found someone for the position you applied for as they like your resume and background. Sometimes like me, you are offered a much better job if you are qualified for it.

Which you rather they do. If they find the perfect person for the job before your interview, that they just tell you they don't want you, or look to see if they can find another job you fit into?

In my case the department head was getting close to retire, and they were trying to figure out who to promote. I just happened to apply, and was a perfect match and was hired to replace him. He then remained a while, and trained me with company procedures, stepped back with lesser duties till he retired. He just wanted to get out of the pressure of the management job saying he was too old for the pressure any longer.
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