OMG UPDATE: Question? Answer.

Updated on Saturday, July 5

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QUESTION: I have a technical interview for a job I am definitely unqualified for, what should I do?

I was applying haphazardly so I didn't notice that this position includes things I can't do.

Should I email them and tell them to cancel the interview or find someone else?

23 comments

  1. Don't count yourself out. That's their job. Just go in and do your best

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  2. Are you kidding? How do you expect to get any better at what you do without challenging yourself. I have had a lot of interviews I was unqualified for but I still managed to get the offer. Be honest when answering questions, if you do not know the answer explain that you are not experienced in that area but you are willing to learn. As long as you seem bright and willing to learn you will be considered for the job.

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    1. I don't really want to get better, I have no ambition

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    2. Seriously OP? Why the fuck did you ask this question if you already have your mind set on not going in for the interview or trying at all?

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    3. -_-, someone's mad they didn't get an interview

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    4. 2b how stupid do you have to be to just believe 2a is OP

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  3. dude, I had no idea how to c++ in my sort of work envirnoment, i got a job and i learned it. thats the point of coop/internships!! Give it your a game in the interview if you value it, and develop those said skills at work, and researching them in your spare time

    Good luck

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  4. What's the worst they can do? Reject you? Something on your resume caught their eye. If they really require you to know a technical skill ahead of the work term then they'd make to ask you about it during the interview.

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    1. So I thought.... one time I had an interview where I didn't really have all the qualifications but I figured it was continuous round, everyone who was qualified probably had a job, and they asked me for an interview.
      So I went all confident and they pretty much just bad mouthed me for 30 minutes, asked if I was doing too much dating to study (I wasn't, I just had difficulty adjusting to uni in first year like every other person in the world), asked why I had even bothered applying for the job given my grades, and all other kinds of demeaning things.
      I wish they had just asked me questions as if they were considering me and then just rejected me.

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  5. Just go I'm sure they like something about you if they invited you to interview

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  6. Fake it till you make it

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  7. Walk in a fart his face. Then Walk out

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  8. co-op is a joke op. they'll accept anyone with their inflated secretary work

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    1. Totes. Have to give good blowjobs though.

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  9. It really depends, although you shouldn't cancel regardless.
    If there are particular things that the job demands that you have no idea about, ask during the interview. I'd say that as long as you are familiar with 50-70% of the required stuff (or at least know enough to not be a complete failure), the rest can be picked up.
    Of course, this is adjusted by your own factors, some people might be able to pick up 90%, some only 10%...

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    1. Yeah I am a idiot, will probably only get 10%. Don't even know why I got an interview

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    2. Well, if you come in with that mindset...

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    3. It's the truth. Not everyone is a genius like you, everyone says work hard and you will do well but some people, like me, are just stupid and will end up nowhere.

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    4. ^okay pity party over but I am dumb lol

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  10. I am in a similar position, except I already have the job. And the only thing I am worried about it what RL said, not being able to pick up the shit that I will have to.

    Because lucking out in a decent coop aint worth shit, if you cant make something of it.

    So I guess what you should be asking is, how you can learn the new stuff the job requires and utilize it.

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    1. Honestly, I think that's a fear that everyone has. I recall that during every internship I had the "oh fuck, I don't know what any of this shit is" feeling but everything worked out.

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  11. When I was applying for my first co-op, I got an interview with a well-known company. When I took a second look on their job description, the only thing I had that they were looking for was C programming experience. I didn't know anything about their technologies at all. During the interview I even told them I felt underqualified for this position but they said that's normal for co-op positions. Ended up getting that job. Learnt so much and was able to contribute fairly quickly too.

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