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( 7 months ago )

How to handle an internal job clarification meeting that turned into an interview

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Apoorva Saxena


( 7 months ago )


I work for a company where it is the general practice when an requisition opens for a position, you contact the hiring manager for details about the jobs, especially if you aren't familiar with the area.

I recently did this for several positions but the last one threw me for a loop. I met with the hiring manager and in my request to meet I specifically requested to get additional details about the job. During our meeting, though, it slowly turned into an interview. I was asked questions like

  • Where you you see yourself in 5 years?
  • How do you engage?
  • When do you feel de-motivated?
  • Tell me about a time that you had issues in a project and how you dealt with them.

Let me say that I was totally thrown off guard because I was expecting a casual conversation about the job and what it entailed. I was not at all prepared for this interview and I feel as if my shot at the job has been greatly diminished.

So I am trying to figure out how best to approach this with the hiring manager. I would like to pursue this position but I think my poor performance may prevent that.

Of course, I will send them a 'Hey thanks for meeting with me to discuss the opening' message, but should I include something that says 'I look forward to the next steps', or 'sorry I was unprepared for the meeting'? How should I proceed with this? Or should I just accept the fact that I screwed up?

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