OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Sunday, January 12


QUESTION: How do you approach your job supervisor and tell them that they have given you work that is unclear and/or something that you don't know how to do?


  1. You could always go up to them and say "hey, you have given me work that is unclear and/or something that I don't know how to do"

    1. Yeah...sometimes the supervisor is actually too stupid to realize that what they asked is unclear and won't believe you if you try and tell them. I once had a supervisor that asked for some code and didn't and couldn't understand the difference between general and specific cases in code. He fully believed I could just record a macro to make his problem go away. That was fun.

  2. You can go up, and just say "can you clarify what you want done for the task you have given me? I want to make sure I get it right the first time." If you don't know how to do it after that, you can say "I am having issues with the task, is there someone I can talk to who might be able to show me where to start?" If even that doesn't work then you can go to them and say "I can't seem to figure out how to do the task"

    They might see that you are being honest, and talk to you about what you are interested in, and what your strengths are, and find a job that fits it. Worst case is that you are given a new task, and you didn't just waste your supervisors time by avoiding the topic until they start questioning it, and give you a horrible review. There is a chance that you won't be given a perfect review if you said you could do it in the interview, but its better than a failed co-op term, and you might be given a project you love, and make a great impression.