How to lie for the jobs you don't want while waiting for your dream job?
January 27, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
I'm a recent grad with an MA in Philosophy and a BA in Economics. Tired of academia, I'm seeking opportunities in finance, not because of the money, but because of the work itself. While I'm sending out resumes, networking with alumni, etc., for my dream job, bills also need to be paid. I figure I should try to get any gig that pays at all, at least temporarily. My question is: How do I lie in the interviews for these boring $9/hour administrative positions?
posted by shadowy_world to Work & Money (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
For example, last week I had a phone interview for a part-time Market Research Assistant position that doesn't even require a college degree. When asked "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" I said, "I want to work as an analyst at an investment bank for a few years and then go for an MBA". Other related question included "What is your dream job?", "How long do you intend to stay at this position?", etc. I answered all of them honestly. Needless to say, I didn't get called back for the next round.
On the one hand, I know that I should have lied so that the interviewer got what she wanted to hear. On the other hand, I'm a terrible liar and I feel really bad about misleading a person, or even a company. I guess an alternative is to work as a waitress or cashier, where they don't care whatever your aspirations are. This is not feasible in my case because I'm an international student on OPT (work authorization for one year after graduation).
I think there must be many recent grads out there who need to pay the bills while having their heart set on their dream jobs. How do you make it work?