I hope they don’t call me for a second interview

Yes I am desperate for a job, but the one I interviewed for today sounds way more than I want and too stressful. I know, someone is going to say why did I apply for this job, but I didn’t apply. I applied for a job as a trainer, teaching disabled people how to learn computer. Only they didn’t call me for that job, they called me for a secretarial job. Did I mention I really don’t have much experience being a secretary?

To list the duties would require several paragraphs but let’s just say it requires doing the jobs of several people, including HR, PR, the president, and much more. The job does things like file, type letter, work on databases, order supplies, send out letters, and even driving places. I interviewed with the president and he said he required near perfection and that he fired someone because she kept messing up. I wanted to ask what she did to get fired but was afraid. Then he handed me a large booklet all asking me for pretty much every job I have had in 10 years, my driving record, a page where three references fill out a letter of recommendation, a letter asking my colleges to release my grades and so much more.

What bothers me most of all is why didn’t they interview me for the jobs I actually fit and have tons of experience in? They are hiring several training jobs, along with a HR job and these would fit me. I actually applied for a training job yet they interview me for this, why? I didn’t even apply and the guy on the phone told me he knew I was overqualified but was impressed by my resume. I have to wonder how many experienced secretaries they rejected because they want someone (I assume)with various skills to do the jobs of different people.

This is why ┬ápeople often don’t get calls for jobs they qualify for, because employers want people to do jobs they are not qualified for because they can do other jobs as well.

15 thoughts on “I hope they don’t call me for a second interview”

  1. It’s the old job combining thing. They want to get three jobs filled for the cost of one, and pay only the lowest salary of the three.

    If you don’t want the job, turn down the second interview if offered it. Explain that you are not that strong in office skills, and would prefer to be considered for a position more in line with your expertise.

  2. I’m thinking I’ll probably go to the second interview (if they call)and then say something like that. I’m afraid if I don’t do the second interview they won’t even consider me for the job I really want. Of course no idea if they will even call me.

  3. Update, they did call me for a second interview and I am going but I have bad vibes. I hate being in this position where I need a job. I can hope they decide I am not the best and that I fit better with another job.

  4. It may be that your potential employer does not have any training gigs lined up, but anticipates them in the future.

    For better or worse, the job description that neatly delimits one’s assigned tasks has mostly gone the way of the dodo. Having a variety of tasks isn’t evil, as long as the tasks are within the employee’s abilities (an occasional stretch goal is a good thing), the tasks can be performed within a normal workday, and the pay is consistent with the aggregate value of the tasks. (That employers want to pay peanuts, in general, is a rant for another day.)

    An employer, when hiring a new employee, should be realistic about the combinations of skills one might expect. If you happen to have someone on staff who’s a boiler mechanic and a tech writer, that’s wonderful, but it isn’t realistic to expect to find someone like that off the street. But office work and training seems a more plausible combination.

    Ultimately, I’m suspicious of what seems a fairly small operation that can’t make up their mind about what they want you to do, but gives you a very elaborate application to fill out.

  5. The thing is though they have several training positions open, yet called me for this job. It is bizarro world because I know people looking for these types of jobs yet aren’t getting called but I did yet the jobs I qualify for I get rejected. While looking in the applications they require some more bizarre things, like a personality test in downtown Chicago, 40 miles away.

  6. Driving places???

    Suppose you get into an accident going to or from or get hurt in transit, at the locale where you drove the person or people to???

    This sounds cheap, to tell you the truth, and you are not a little errand girl, period.

    She keeps mesing up?

    This is already saying a lot…for them.

    Either they were never clear about what they wanted from the employee when she began work there and changed the game plan and the job is now out of her scope of expertise, they choose poorly or they are simply giving you the same ole line and they won’t say why she will/is being terminated.

    Every job you had in the past 10 years?

    That’s no big deal; your resume lists the last 3 jobs you had OR the jobs you have held in the last 10 years, whichever applies.

    References are bunk. You can have 3 of your girlfriends supply the info. Or 3 buddies that you had at your past jobs do the references. Fact is, references never say anything bad about the refer-ee. So it makes no sense.

  7. I just got back and I stressed to them my background is training, not admin because HR was wondering why I applied. I told them I didn’t apply, I applied for a training job. I don’t think they were as impressed as the other guy and didn’t pick up they wanted to hire me. Besides that, this job requires driving downtown to take a polygraph, ink blot and various psych tests and I don’t want to spend hours taking these tests for a job I know I don’t qualify for.

  8. This is craaaaay-zeeeee!

    Are they some very large very well known company in these United States?

    If they are not, why are they making such the freaking Alps out of an anthill?????

    Getting back to the jobs you have held:

    Suppose the company liquidated or went out of business? or was bought out by another firm and the new firm has no record you worked there (can happen) nor do you have any kind of hard copy evidence that you did? Suppose the company was you and the owner and the owner has died in the interim?

    Don’t let them waste your time.

    I had a boss who required the sales guys to take turns driving to the post office to drop off/pick up the company mail. Can you imagine: full grown, well educated and professional men and part of their gig is being a little errand boy for the owner.

    And their job also to pick the owner up at her home when the owner’s husband was not there to drop her off or bring her home when the day was done. All these years in this country and the owner never bothered to get a driver’s license.

  9. No, this is actually a home for mentally challenged men, which makes it weirder. I understand doing a background check and have no issue with that. What I do have an issue with (of many)is all this work for what is likely a low paying job (since social service positions are known to pay low). They didn’t tell me how much the job paid, just the lowest I would go. I gave them a lower than average salary requirement but I’m willing to bet it pays something offensive, like $10 hour or less than $40,000. I put down $40,000 but told the guy doing the hiring that most of the interviews I have gone on have been over $55,000 and this is true.

    Oh and they asked me why I was unemployed in 2004! I had to explain that I was in grad school until May then unemployed until the next May because I was searching for a job. They also asked why I didn’t have a job I held back in 2000 that had nothing to do with the job or any job I have held since then.

  10. It’s also possible that companies would purge their personnel records of information on people who left 5-7 years ago. However long companies are required to keep records for tax purposes might well limit how long they retain information about people who have gone on to other jobs. Even the information that they keep may not be all that useful, as it may be limited to name, position, salary, and possibly how long a person worked there.

    I’d also expect them to require fingerprinting and a criminal background check through NCIC, given that you would be working with at-risk adults. The polygraph seems a bit much.

  11. I’m not upset about the criminal background and finger printing because I consider it important to make sure our most vulnerable are protected. Even to be a CCD teacher I had to go through the a strenuous criminal test though it’s volunteer and know the director for 7 years so that part doesn’t bother. The traveling 1 1/2 hours via train to go there all day, then travel back for all these tests though to me seems excessive.

    I hadn’t thought of companies purging records and that is true. Also,with so many companies going bankrupt there is often now way of proving one worked there if the company is gone. In fact two of the retail chains I worked for Borders and Venture are now gone.

  12. I have a two-word explanation:

    Government money.

    Your job at this place, if you were to ever get it, is probably subsidized by tax dollars. And the government response to any sort of problem is to add more layers of procedure and bureaucracy to try to prevent it. Hence the all-day psych tests and the digging about what you did in 2004.

    Many employers, if asked for as reference about a previous employee, will only confirm that the person worked there. They don’t want to say anything about the character of the employee, because they might get sued.

  13. Where I work, new people on the contractor’s staff are drug-tested on the day that they start the job. I had to pass a pre-employment physical to for the job offer to be final. To my amusement, they forgot to do the drug test. I noticed and told them that I needed to be drug-tested, and indeed, it turned out to be the case.

    I have to ask: how dumb would someone have to be to test dirty on day one? It has to happen somewhere.

  14. I’ve known people on drugs so I’m sure it happens a lot. I don’t mind drug tests unless I am required to pay and this happened with a temp agency. I told them I didn’t have the money to take a drug test without a definite job and they got snippy. I’ve since found out they were getting some kind of kickbacks from the drug testing firm for this scam and many of the applicants didn’t find jobs.

    I don’t know if this place is government subsidized or not but I know they rely heavily on charity donations so no idea.

  15. An update: I got a rejection letter today. I had a feeling because the HR in the second interview didn’t seem to be that crazy about me.

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