Job seeker doesn't have a clue what the job will entail

Dear Roze:

I don’t know if you’ve ever addressed this kind of thing, but I’m about to have a second interview for a job where I’m not real sure what I would be doing if I got it.  The information on the job posting was vague to say the least.  At my first interview, I asked some questions to get clarification, but the interviewer couldn’t give me much information.  He responded as vaguely as the posting which he defended by saying that the job is a new position in their organization.  You might be wondering why I’m still interested in this job.  Well, it’s not only in a field that fits my background and experience, but the company has always had a great reputation in my community.  

I really need a job but I’m worried that if I get an offer for this one and take it, I may end up regretting it.  What do you think?

What would my job responsibilities be? 


Dear What would my job responsibilities be?: 

It appears this company put the cart before the horse.  It is by no means the first company to do this, but that does not make it any less inappropriate.  The company should have determined the specific duties of the job before posting it.

All job candidates should have a significant amount of information regarding a job’s responsibilities before accepting an offer.  Based on what you have described, I cannot help but be concerned that you could be taking a job you will not stay in.

In addition to negatively impacting job candidates, all organizations need to realize they risk wasting a lot of time and money by providing insufficient information about job openings.  They can end up receiving many unsuitable applications.  Thoroughly developed job descriptions can significantly contribute to an organization’s overall success by increasing the odds of the most qualified candidates applying.

Look at your second interview as a great opportunity to acquire more information about the job. Have questions prepared and do not hesitate to ask others based on what transpires during the interview.  Hopefully, this company has determined more of the job’s duties by the time you have it.

Of course, it would be remiss of me to not acknowledge that even when a job posting clearly outlines the duties of a particular position, the duties could end up being quite different when you are actually in the job.  Bottom line, you cannot be guaranteed.  

I truly hope things work out for you!

© 2016 Rozanne R. Worrell

Workplace Woes – Roze Knows®

Check out Roze's Facebook page, and if you have a question, email her at


To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment
More Stories