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    Cyburbian transguy's avatar
    Jan 2006

    Interview for a job I don't want

    I am getting ready to graduate in May. I have begun sending out resumes (a little over 30). I recently received noticed that I would be contacted for a brief phone interview and mostly likely be considered for a formal interview. However, this would be one of my last choices for a job. I have been told by others that they think it is still worthwhile to go through this interview process for the experience. Is this an ethically unsound decision?

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    Do it absolutely. If they offer you the job and you don't want to take it, you can tell them that you've accepted another offer. If you do crap, you can get some good feedback on what they expect you to say in your future interviews.

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    Cyburbian H's avatar
    Feb 2003


    Think of it this way… maybe they already know who they want (and it is not you), but they have to fill a requirement to interview three persons… thus, you all are just ‘mutually’ helping each other out by going through the motions… you’ll both be better off… they meet the requirement, you get the experience… no one is hurt…

    it is just the bussiness (of planning), dont let it be personal... either way.

    "practice makes perfect"

    Good, or bad, luck (whichever you want). and you never know, you might end up wanting the job... never shut the door before you have to.
    Last edited by H; 30 Jan 2006 at 1:34 AM.

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    Cyburbian The District's avatar
    Nov 2005
    New Hampshire Seacoast
    nothing unethical here. any interview is good practice for the next interview. unless they are requiring you to fly to mogadishu on your own dime. then it's probably not worth it.

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    Cyburbian donk's avatar
    Sep 2001
    skating on thin ice
    Nothing unethical, employers do it all the time.
    Too lazy to beat myself up for being to lazy to beat myself up for being too lazy to... well you get the point....

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    Echoing what the others have said, do the interview. It's good practice plus you might be surprised and it turn out to be a good job.
    When did I go from Luke Skywalker to Obi-Wan Kenobi?

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    Cyburbian TOFB's avatar
    Jan 2006
    Loma Linda's
    For someone just graduating, I don't see it as a problem. For someone more experienced and if it involves relocation and travel expenses, I would be bothered for someone going through the interview process 'just for kicks'.

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    Cyburbian wahday's avatar
    May 2005
    New Town

    Do it!

    I'm actually in the same position right now and I think there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this. I've got 4 offers or potential offers going right now, not all of which are of great interest to me, but it is excellent experience. One side benefit, incidentally, is a nice ego boost, the ensuing self-confidence of which can benefit you in an interview for a job you really DO want. No kidding - it makes a difference when you don't come off as too desperate.

    Also, it can help in negotiating salary. "Joe Shmuck over at RTQ is willing to offer me $80k, but I would really like to work here. If there were only a way to level to playing field and offer me some more cashola..." Of course, I might do a lot of undesireable things for Joe at $80k, but that's a different story...

    Having returned to planning school after a defeating job search of 6 months in my old career, I also think that retaining the possibility of your "last choice" is wise anyway.

    Go for it!


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    Cyburbian otterpop's avatar
    Jul 2003
    Down by Dun Ringill
    Blog entries
    Go. At the very least it will be good experience doing interviews for jobs. Believe me, it is likely you will have at least a few before you get a job, and every interview, good or bad, gets you closer to the goal of getting your career started. I interviewed for a few jobs I didn't really want. In fact, I ended up taking one that was offered and got my planning career started.

    You might consider taking a job, if offered, that is on the last of your list. You put in a year or two there and you get needed experience. That first job, even if it is not where you would "love" to work, can be a steppingstone for a better job down the line. Worked for me.
    "I am very good at reading women, but I get into trouble for using the Braille method."

    ~ Otterpop ~

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    Cyburbian Otis's avatar
    Mar 2002
    Upper left edge
    Gotta go with go. You'll get the experience, and you might find the job and people actaully interest you.

    Plus, it might be the only offer you'll get. It'll be nice to have that in your back pocket should the worst occur.

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    Cyburbian el Guapo's avatar
    Oct 2001
    Go. Do the interview and have fun with it. Wear a freaking tin foil hat and ask the interviewer where they were Novermber 22, 1963. Tell them long stories about how your cat lets you hear the voice of God. You know, have fun. You'll enjoy telling the stories to your coworkers at future jobs. Life is to short to not purposely dump one interivew in the crapper on purpose.
    el Guapo is a former 20 year +/- urban planner (just like you) who thought becoming an attorney was a good life choice.

  12. #12
    Feb 2006
    Washington DC

    Interview, Interview, INTERVIEW!

    You cannot get enough interviews...practice, practice, practice. The result can be some useful critiquing that will guide you better when you interview for the positions you're more interested in.

    I gotta say this worked for me, big-time. I got some really good advice from my first few interviews in the 1990's. Who knew I had such horrible interviewing skills? I didn't. I would just be careful not to mislead the employer...take the interview, then be as honest as you can about your intentions.

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    Cyburbian mawmaw5108's avatar
    Nov 2005
    Remember: Having an interview doesn't mean you are hired! So take as many interview opportunities as you can. Take them as learning experience. You may be more familiar with the questions they ask, more confident to answer them and more comfortable to talk to interviewers. Good luck~~

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    Member CosmicMojo's avatar
    Feb 2006
    I'm not sure where I am...or where I want to be

    looking for a job is like making pancakes

    Remember how the first pancake is always messed up?
    Consider this your dry run. Do the interview as a warm-up for the real thing.
    I guarantee you'll learn alot from it ("why did I say that?") and put those lessons to use for the next interview for a job you do care about.
    But you don't have to worry about messing this one up, it's your dry run, dress rehearsal, first pancake sacrafice to the planning gods.

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    Cyburbian michaelskis's avatar
    Apr 2003
    Somewhere between the mountains and the ocean.
    Do you think interviewing for a job, and not getting it hurts your chances of getting a job with that firm in the future?

    For example, say the applicant is not the most qualified person at that point in time, but comes back latter with a masters and their AICP.
    If you want different results in your life, you need to do different things than you have done in the past. Change is that simple.

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