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Old 01-21-2014, 09:46 PM
 
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A recruiter sends me a listing for a position that is vaguely described but looks like a good entry-level opportunity in the field I'm pursuing. He asks me whether the salary and location are okay; I say yes. He asks whether he can set me up with a phone interview tomorrow with a member of the company; I say yes. Then he sends me an interview confirmation email and attached in it a more complete description of the job. The more complete description has a lot of bullet points that are specific technical skills that I don't have. I'm not sure how the recruiter got the idea that I would be good for this job. Now I'm scared about this phone interview being a complete disaster.

Why do recruiters do this? I've had it happen a couple times already.
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:47 PM
 
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You're back!

It's called the shotgun approach. Never know, a pellet might hit.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:27 AM
 
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A recruiter sends me a listing for a position that is vaguely described but looks like a good entry-level opportunity in the field I'm pursuing. He asks me whether the salary and location are okay; I say yes. He asks whether he can set me up with a phone interview tomorrow with a member of the company; I say yes. Then he sends me an interview confirmation email and attached in it a more complete description of the job. The more complete description has a lot of bullet points that are specific technical skills that I don't have. I'm not sure how the recruiter got the idea that I would be good for this job. Now I'm scared about this phone interview being a complete disaster.

Why do recruiters do this? I've had it happen a couple times already.
I've had this experience as well. Extremely frustrating. I think that some poor recruiters don't pay very close attention to candidate resumes and just throw as many against the wall to see what sticks.

It can never hurt to interview. If the interview doesn't work out, so be it. At least it's practice.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:37 AM
 
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Let's be realistic here-the job description that company slaps together is very often a wish list and any normal manager knows that he is never going to find someone who meets 100% criteria, what they are hoping for is that you fit like 70% and then are smart enough to grasp the other 30. If you have been selected for the phone interview, this is a good sign, now, your goal is to turn the phone interview into the face to face meeting, do before the person on the other end of the line hangs up the phone, say something like "It sound like a terrific opportunity and I am sure that the relationship will be mutually beneficial because I can bring A,B,C to the table and really would like to learn the X, Y, Z in this position, when do you think we can meet in person?" If they are reluctant to commit on the date, press them a bit, say something like "I am currently interviewing in other places, but really like this opportunity a lot and don't want to miss out on it, is there anything else that I can do now to convince you to meet me in person?". Trust me, that works-I nailed a face to face after a phone interview and my toddler was screaming in the background, the guy was clearly not happy about it, but I pressed him.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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Believe it or not -- but there really are some hiring managers who will hire someone based upon their potential to learn skills X, Y, and Z. It's rare, but happens.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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Recruiters are paid on commission. They are salespeople. They need a person to fill the job, so they will try to sell you.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Frustrating but won't hurt to improve interview skills by doing it.

Plus- you might be the most qualified candidate they find and may train you or have a lead on another position for you.

Good luck!
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:05 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Recruiters are paid on commission. They are salespeople. They need a person to fill the job, so they will try to sell you.
Low level recruiters. (There are some search firms that are paid a fee to find the right candidate.)
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:11 PM
 
Location: SC
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A recruiter sends me a listing for a position that is vaguely described but looks like a good entry-level opportunity in the field I'm pursuing. He asks me whether the salary and location are okay; I say yes. He asks whether he can set me up with a phone interview tomorrow with a member of the company; I say yes. Then he sends me an interview confirmation email and attached in it a more complete description of the job. The more complete description has a lot of bullet points that are specific technical skills that I don't have. I'm not sure how the recruiter got the idea that I would be good for this job. Now I'm scared about this phone interview being a complete disaster.

Why do recruiters do this? I've had it happen a couple times already.
Don't worry about not being a good fit, or anything else really. If the employer has your resume and wishes to speak to you, that means they don't think the gap is insurmountable.

Take the interview. If they ask you about things you know nothing about. Just say, "sorry, I have no experience in that area."

The worst that can happen is that you get interview experience.
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Old 01-31-2014, 08:54 PM
 
Location: Southern Willamette Valley, Oregon
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Don't worry about not being a good fit, or anything else really. If the employer has your resume and wishes to speak to you, that means they don't think the gap is insurmountable.
This^^^^^^^^^

I don't see them wasting the time for a phone interview for someone they deem completely unqualified. Trust me, the person conducting the interview already has your resume and green lighted the recruiter to send the rest of the stuff and set the appointment.
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