I’m convinced that’s what the problem is with many, if not most, hiring managers and interviewers.
This is why we are in the pickle that we are in.
How many times has this happened to you? You see a job ad; the job sounds perfect for you.
You fire off your resume; you get a call to come down and discuss the job.
And then you find out that what is in the ad does not reflect what the actual job duties are.
A very good example: the last interview I had.
The job that the company was filling: an admin assistant/customer service rep.
When I was at the interview, I asked what my job duties would be. “You will be doing the same thing as the other 2 people I have working in the office.”
This was a small company — maybe 8 or 10 guys in the warehouse, producing the product (wallpaper) and 2 individuals in the office. He had no other office staff; the owner did not have an assistant or admin.
What this was was an order taker/order processer job; that’s my guess. The “Admin assistant” part came in probably because there is paper work to be filed, the occasional email/letter to send a client, etc. That is not the same thing as being an admin assistant.
Meanwhile, this guy has been running the company for over 30 years. You think he would get it by now. NO?
A company that is 12 people tops, including the owner – and this would be the third admin. Nope.
He just wasted my time.
Here’s another example: During an interview, the hiring manager asked me “Was your admin assistant job sales or admin oriented?” I told her sales oriented. “This job is heavily administrative…”
I have done BOTH. And besides, if it was heavily administrative, why was that fact not reflected in the job advertisement?
Any job ad you look at is automatically prefaced CONTAINS LIES AND OTHER MISLEADING INFORMATION.
What you are taking now when you reply to an ad is a chance.
When you get to the interview let your first question be “What are the duties of this job?” And then listen carefully. Also ask what you’d be doing on a daily basis and for the interviewer to give you an example of what a typical day on the job is.