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Old 01-10-2019, 04:45 PM
 
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Hello,

I recently had a job interview and during the interview, the role was explained to me more in detail of what I would be doing. This is a data analytics position, and the description when I applied seemed like it would be more well rounded using various tools and skills which I have and enjoy doing and hope to continue doing so at my next job, but then when it was explained to me in person, it seemed as if now this position will strictly be doing only reporting with one specific tool only.

When I heard this and that the most of the tools and skills that I listed on my resume would not be utilized by this position I was a little bummed to be honest. The interview finished fine and it seems that I most likely will get the offer sometime soon based on how it ended, but I am really not sure how to approach this and feel I should continue searching for something I feel more fitting.

What is everyone's opinions on this?

Have you ever interviewed and during it, the job explanation turned out to be a little different than what you expected when applying?

Also have you ever turned down a job offer based on a situation like this and how would you bring this up?


Thanks for any advice!
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Old 01-10-2019, 05:42 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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If there was that much of a disconnect between the advertised job description and what was explained during the interview I would ask for some clarification before I accepted the position. If they don't offer me the position it won't matter.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:12 AM
 
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I ended up taking a job that was really different than the interview suggested because every unit used the same script. However, my unit had much less of X (which was what I wanted to do) and much more of Y (which was not so much what I wanted to do). I ended up staying less than a year before going back to my old employer in a different role.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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Have you ever interviewed and during it, the job explanation turned out to be a little different than what you expected when applying?
Yes.

I once applied for a customer service position and didn't learn until the interview that the job was actually an inside sales/telemarketing position. It was 80% trying to sell kitchen supplies to restaurant managers.

I just couldn't feel passionate and excited about having to sell deep fryers to restaurant managers, let alone push things on them that they didn't need. Luckily they didn't offer me the job but they did repost the job online again after two months. I guess the sucker they hired walked out.
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Old 01-19-2019, 11:32 AM
 
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It is difficult to judge how a job is going to work out based on an interview or even a series of interviews. The interviewers could be lying about the job or not, but you wouldn't really know until you actually started work. Even if the interviewers were completely honest, job responsibilities change all the time. So after starting the new job it could change into something that the interviewers never foresaw or expected.

On the other hand, a lousy interview and the candidate holding their nose and taking the job anyway could turn out better than expected or even great. It is just not possible to forsee what will happen by the information presented during the interview process. You just have take your chances and give it your best shot.
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Old 01-19-2019, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Northern panhandle WV
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The worst interview experience of my life was over a job that was misrepresented in the ad for it.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:23 PM
 
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One time I had an interview with a company that gave me job description #1. Interviewed 4 people that morning. First person interviewed me for job description #2. Second, interviewed me for job description #3. Third, interviewed me for job description #4. Fourth interviewed me for job description #5. They offered me a job for job description #1.

They clearly did not know what they were doing. Especially when they low-balled me on job description #1 by 25K a year, when I brought up the salary range for such a position, they yanked the job offer. One month later, I got a gig at market rates for a similar position.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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What is everyone's opinions on this?

Have you ever interviewed and during it, the job explanation turned out to be a little different than what you expected when applying?

Also have you ever turned down a job offer based on a situation like this and how would you bring this up?


Thanks for any advice!
They intentionally lied to you. Then they came clean during the interview hoping you will cave. Looking for a bright side, at least they told you before you started working. I wouldn't accept any offer from them. They already broke your trust and they will treat you like a welcome mat because they can and will, if you accept an offer. Don't cave.
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