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Q: Six months ago, I took a job as a senior staffing specialist. I was told the job would involve highlevel personnel matters, from salary administration to assisting with regulatory compliance. But it’s really been a support position. I’ve answered phones, circulated memos and helped temps learn the ropes. I just quit. How do I discuss this negative experience with interviewers?
A: Tell the truth. Don’t mumble “It just didn’t work out” or you’ll leave the interviewer wondering if the same problem will recur. It’s fine to leave a job quickly when it turns into something different from what you expected. Bluntly say, “The job was billed as focusing on high-level personnel matters, but it soon became clear it was a support- level job I never would have considered. That’s why I left.”
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