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What should i do?

Asked by The_Inquisitor (3158points) July 7th, 2008

I just got a job interview scheduled for tomorrow at 2:00pm at Smitty’s restaurant. When the guy phoned me, one of the questions he asked, i couldn’t quite understand, but i just said “yes…” and when i was about to ask him what he just said, he said “oh really? okay” and continued asking more questions, so i forgot to ask him. I think he said something about a scholarship, and if i have one or not, I don’t have one, and… i’m not sure should i phone him back, or go for the interview and ask him what he had asked me at the start.. or end? How old do you have to be to work at Smitty’s? I’m only 15 but turning 16 in a few months.

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Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Call back. It’s the right thing to do and it will impress the manager. No sense in starting off on the wrong foot. The key to a good working relationship is understanding one another so you can define goals and outcomes. Do it. call. You’ll feel better.

marinelife's avatar

You need to call him back and say that you were not sure you understood one of the questions that he asked you. Repeat the question as best you understood it. When he tells what it was he actually said, then give him the correct answer.

If the first answer you gave him was wrong, apologize and say that you misunderstood his original question, give him the correct answer and say, “That was why I called for clarification. I hope this information will not impact my chance to work for your company.”

Good luck.

PupnTaco's avatar

Sounds like you need to work on your communication skills at Fluther & real life!

Your question is really vague – maybe something like “I misunderstood a job interview question, should I call back?” would get more responses.

And, yes you should call him back and say you didn’t catch his question about scholarships.

And in the future, don’t be too nervous to ask for clarification if you don’t understand something. It’ll happen a lot at work.

p.s. Is this Smitty’s BBQ in Conway, Arkansas?

beast's avatar

How are we supposed to know what “Smitty’s” you’re talking about? Elaborate.

The_Inquisitor's avatar

It’s a Smitty’s family restaurant. Does that help?

Zaku's avatar

I’m with Marina.

If it makes it easier for you, you can think of something he might have said that it would make sense to have replied “yes” to, so you can say that you thought he asked that but then weren’t sure. I.e. You don’t need to say what you thought he probably asked, nor that you had no idea what he was saying.

scamp's avatar

If it were me, I’d wait until the interview to rectify it. I wouldn’t want him to get the wrong impression of me before I even met him. I think it would be easier to correct it face to face, but that’s just me. Good luck either way!

jlm11f's avatar

i am with scamp on this one. just in case it was an “important” question, i wouldn’t want him to dismiss me on the phone. you have the chance of meeting him face to face and setting a good impression, so just go there and apologize saying you really couldn’t hear him and would he mind repeating the Q? good luck with the job!

osullivanbr's avatar

Yeah scamp has the right idea. I’ve had circumstances similar to this when interviewing staff. It’s just comes across very scattered and messy if you ring him now to rectify something. Face to face is the way to go. You don’t want him getting the wrong impression before you ever sit down together.

Rectify the error at the start of the interview though. If I was sitting across the table from you, I’d be more impressed with you sorting it at the start.

If I were him, that’s the way I’d like it to play out anyway.
Good luck in the interview.

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