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Different Role than Interviewed For

For the second time now, in the past 6 months, a company has offered me a different role than I was brought to interview for. Is this a fairly common thing? In both cases, they have either planned or began executing some restructuring to create the position. I don't really know how to interpret the offers. The first time, we were unable to align on compensation requirements, but I now have an offer pending, and just don't know how to interpret it. I am flattered they want me in the organization, but wondering why the role change and organization change. In the end, I was more attracted to original position, but it's with an organization extremely highly rated in the region, and even nationally ranked, so just getting my foot in the door there is a win. Have others had this experience? How did you handle it?

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Sara Voight
Title: Controller
Company: Critical Signal Technologies, Inc
(Controller, Critical Signal Technologies, Inc) |

I have not had the same direct experience, but could it be that you represent certain strengths the company did not realize they needed until they spoke to you? Were both of the different roles somewhat similar, such that it might indicate what you are communicating your skills as?

Anonymous
(Senior Manager - Strategic Analysis) |

Sara,

I am pretty sure my process improvement and change management experience is what is driving it, but I wouldn't say either of the roles were terribly similar other than being financial manager roles. Both were with organizations that are trying to fill a gap in their operational improvement opportunities, so you may have hit the nail on the head. It could just be a bit of a unique skill set and experience track compared to what they are used to seeing, and it tripped something of a realization for them.

Thanks for the Input!

Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Anon-Sara's question provoked an interesting response from you. Are you perhaps thinking too much only about your technical skills in FP&A and not thinking enough about your soft talents, like knowing how to interact with people, etc?
You alluded to "my process improvement and change management experience" and maybe that is the key to why you are getting the reaction you are.
If so, that is great, because you have just differentiated yourself:)

Anonymous
(Senior Manager - Strategic Analysis) |

Len,

Thanks for the response. You too raise an interesting question, I hadn't really considered. I don't consider myself to be an exceptional interviewee, but I suppose I am really not in the position to make that call. It is very possible that they are attracted to a soft skill rather than a hard skill. However, I have just never considered myself to have exceptional soft skills. Adequate, certainly, but I wouldn't think I am so far ahead of my peers that an organization (or two) would just have to have them. That said, I suppose I haven't compared myself to my peers in this area. Perhaps this is an area I need a little more self reflection to try and understand myself a little bit better.

Anonymous
(Controller) |

I would exercise caution with these kinds of offers, especially where restructuring is taking place. It very well may mean that the positions are changing/temporary, and it may also be a sign the company doesn't actually know what it needs, which could impact you if you choose to work there. Ask a LOT of questions so you know exactly what you are getting into.

I interviewed for a position at a company where two positions were open, and despite my questions about the organizational structure, I didn't feel like I could get a straight answer or that the org chart made sense. Finally, the SVP/Chief Accounting Officer admitted that at least one of the positions they were holding out as full time would be eliminated within a year.

Anonymous
(Senior Manager - Strategic Analysis) |

Anon, these are all concerns that I have. I did press both the VP of Finance and the CFO on the longevity of either position. They both assured me it was a role that would be in place long term, even though it is new to the organization. They would be looking for me to grow the organization around position. I took this comment to mean they have full intention to not only keep the role, but invest in supporting it. It's tough to say for sure if they are being misleading, but I tend to give people the benefit of the doubt until I have good reason not to trust their word.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

If they want you that badly, get an employment contract. Nothing overtly over the top, but a payout should the job last less than X period of time, etc.

If they balk even at the thought of an employment contract and you a secure in your present employment, stay put.

Caveat: If you have the wherewithall to gamble, then it might be worth that gamble, down side - you're out of work.

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