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Old 03-07-2014, 11:18 PM
 
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1. I recently had a phone interview with someone earlier this week. They indicated that they were going to be away from the office in the upcoming weeks and was going to hand over the handling of contacting candidates for in-person interviews to another person. I sent a thank you note the next day and I received an automatic response that the person was out of the office and would not have communication by email or phone for a period of several weeks and that automatic response provided further information to forward questions, concerns, or statements to the other individual.

- Did I do all that I could do. I don't think I should contact the forwarding person, should I? That seems like it would be so awkward considering I had zero contact with this person.

2. I applied to an organization for an open position. I received an email stating that they would like me to answer several questions regarding the "XYZ position". Problem is, that the "XYZ Position" is not what I applied for. I have a lot of experience with some qualifications required for the "XYZ Position", but fall way short on other qualifications. The "ABC" position, that I applied for, I have a lot of experience with all of the qualifications listed.

How do I even approach this e-mail? Should I tell her that there is miscommunication? That I applied for the other position which I am highly qualified for and don't feel that I am fully qualified for the position that they sent the email about? Should I answer the questions she sent (which would require that I put that I have zero experience in some of the requirements) and tell her that I applied for the other position in that same e-mail? Confusing situation. Bad enough, it's hard enough to get any communication back regarding a position that one applies for. Now, I'm getting communication back regarding positions that I did not apply for.
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Old 03-08-2014, 02:56 AM
 
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1. I recently had a phone interview with someone earlier this week. They indicated that they were going to be away from the office in the upcoming weeks and was going to hand over the handling of contacting candidates for in-person interviews to another person. I sent a thank you note the next day and I received an automatic response that the person was out of the office and would not have communication by email or phone for a period of several weeks and that automatic response provided further information to forward questions, concerns, or statements to the other individual.

- Did I do all that I could do. I don't think I should contact the forwarding person, should I? That seems like it would be so awkward considering I had zero contact with this person.

2. I applied to an organization for an open position. I received an email stating that they would like me to answer several questions regarding the "XYZ position". Problem is, that the "XYZ Position" is not what I applied for. I have a lot of experience with some qualifications required for the "XYZ Position", but fall way short on other qualifications. The "ABC" position, that I applied for, I have a lot of experience with all of the qualifications listed.

How do I even approach this e-mail? Should I tell her that there is miscommunication? That I applied for the other position which I am highly qualified for and don't feel that I am fully qualified for the position that they sent the email about? Should I answer the questions she sent (which would require that I put that I have zero experience in some of the requirements) and tell her that I applied for the other position in that same e-mail? Confusing situation. Bad enough, it's hard enough to get any communication back regarding a position that one applies for. Now, I'm getting communication back regarding positions that I did not apply for.
FWIW, here is my opinion, having faced similar quandaries:

No. 1: Sure, call him. That is what you were instructed to do, right? We live in a virtual world and a global economy - face to face introductions are no longer a requirement. Take down name - spelling etc - and find out direct number from company directory. It is valuable to know whether or not the phone number you were given is the one on record, from the switchboard. If you can, try to be first in phone queue first thing in AM. If you can, get transferred in through VP Admin's office. This will require some social engineering.

No. 2: This is The. Best. Thing. That. Could. Possibly Happen. IMHO - Put on the game face, read every ebook on interviewing and looking for a job from askamanager.com*. You have been slotted as a potential fit for a higher level role than the one for which you responded. Go with the flow, accept the challenge, up your game, and make that job yours! Best of luck to you.

*(I am not affiliated with this site. I've referred three of my colleagues to it - after first finding out about it from the boards here on C-D!! They said the guidance was instrumental in helping them keep their cool and land their current positions).

Best wishes to you!
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Old 03-11-2014, 12:31 AM
 
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FWIW, here is my opinion, having faced similar quandaries:

No. 1: Sure, call him. That is what you were instructed to do, right? We live in a virtual world and a global economy - face to face introductions are no longer a requirement. Take down name - spelling etc - and find out direct number from company directory. It is valuable to know whether or not the phone number you were given is the one on record, from the switchboard. If you can, try to be first in phone queue first thing in AM. If you can, get transferred in through VP Admin's office. This will require some social engineering.

No. 2: This is The. Best. Thing. That. Could. Possibly Happen. IMHO - Put on the game face, read every ebook on interviewing and looking for a job from askamanager.com*. You have been slotted as a potential fit for a higher level role than the one for which you responded. Go with the flow, accept the challenge, up your game, and make that job yours! Best of luck to you.

*(I am not affiliated with this site. I've referred three of my colleagues to it - after first finding out about it from the boards here on C-D!! They said the guidance was instrumental in helping them keep their cool and land their current positions).

Best wishes to you!

Thanks for your response and wishes

After consulting a few people, I decided against #1 because they instructed the other person, who to contact regarding setting up in-person interviews, etc., before they left town. Thus, I only think that it could hurt me at this point.

#2 was a little tricky. The job that they responded back with is something that I am not definitely not qualified for, and the job that I applied for is definitely something that I am qualified for. I would gain so much more out of a career with the second job, but I definitely do not have the skills necessary to undertake such a role. The pay between the positions is only about $5,000 a year difference.
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