A recruiter has a job I might want, but I don't know how to do it.
March 7, 2014 7:07 PM Subscribe
An internal recruiter at Apple has contacted me about a job in an area that I am very interested in, but am not qualified to do. What do I tell him?
posted by BabeTheBlueOX to Work & Money (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The role is mathematical and is at the intersection of hardware and lower level software. It also involves new algorithm development in a very specific domain that I've never worked in.
I am good at Cocoa and OSX programming and have an applied math degree from a sort of lousy college. I have two iPhone apps in the store. I'm a decent hacker but not actually that great at applied math or coming up with novel algorithms. I've not done anything low level since my hardware org class, and that was all pretend assembler.
I am not sure why he is contacting me about this role. Maybe he just needs to hit some numbers? Or maybe they need a guy on the team to do some of the easy stuff? Maybe Apple actually hires people to learn things on the job? I find it strange that he picked me out of all people, because nothing on my publicly available resume suggests I have the right background. Maybe he's simply contacted me in mistake?
In any case, I would like to seize this opportunity. But how should I approach it? Should I say yes, I want to chat, but what's up? Why me? Should I move forward without mentioning any trepidation, risking completely blowing it? (I once bombed an interview badly at a gaming company, and had the same concerns about lack of background which proved to be correct.) At what point do I mention that if I'm not qualified for the main job, I would be up for doing something else on the team, even being something like the build manager? ( or even a manager?)