Considering a New Job? Be Sure to Ask the Right Questions!

As part of our series on accepting a job offer, we’ve been talking with a few folks who have previously accepted a job to later find out that it was not a good fit. A few weeks ago, we shared an interview with Chris Lee, an IT consultant.  Today we talk with a former guest contributor to our blog, Adrienne Thoman, who also accepted a job offer that she eventually discovered was not suitable for her.  To accompany this blog, be sure to check out this YouTube clip.

1. How long after accepting the position did you realize that it wasn’t right for you?  What made it wrong for you?

In all honesty I probably knew that it wasn’t the right fit very quickly, but I knew going into it that it wasn’t going to be a perfect fit.  I realized I really enjoyed the interaction with students, and I missed it.  Also, the job was a little more technical than I thought it was going to be.  I was also anticipating more creative freedom.

2. Do you feel that the job description was adequate or was it misleading?  Did you sign on for something different than what you encountered?

In hindsight, I didn’t ask enough questions.  The job description was adequate.  It was a company that I loved and still love.  I should have been more proactive in asking questions.  After I’d been there for three months, the position actually changed.  The entire department went through a restructure, and that changed my day to day operations in terms of what was expected of me.

3. What was the biggest lesson you learned from the experience of working in a position that wasn’t the right fit?

The biggest lesson was this:  Ask a ton of questions during the interview.  The position led me to where I am now, so I’m glad I went there.  It definitely solidified my desire to work with students and see them learn.  It clarified what I need in a job.

4. Did the position change the way you thought about accepting offers for potential jobs?

It made me realize that I need to be more inquisitive and make sure I really understand the position before I go into it.  I need to find out about the office and how the staff works together.   Doing this would allow me to get a better look at what I’m going to experience.

5. What advice do you have for job seekers based on your experience?

Ask as many questions as possible.  Reflect about the position and really think about it before you make the decision.  Always know that every stop in your journey is a place to learn and grow and that it offers a new perspective.  Don’t be afraid to take a chance.   Every job will be an opportunity to learn.  You can acknowledge that and continue to look.  In the end you always end up where you’re supposed to be.  Working in a position that wasn’t right for me turned out to be an awesome opportunity to network and meet a lot of great people.

Adrienne ThomanAdrienne Thoman is an Admission Counselor at Central Penn College. She also moonlights as a Zumba Fitness Instructor in the Central PA area. Comments/questions can be directed to Adrienne at

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