Adventures in job hunting: Misleading job descriptions.

I had a phone interview for a job scheduled for today at 11:00.

The job that I applied for was for a Marketing Coordinator for one of the most major beverage companies in the world.

I read the job description and it talked about creating and implementing a marketing plan, determining new markets and sectors for which to expand the brand, using communication platforms to deliver messages and promotions of the products and deciding events to sponsor. These are all typical marketing related tasks.

The ENTIRE job description mentioned that it was for this particular beverage brand. NOWHERE in the job description did it mention that it was for any other brand, or anything but this particular beverage brand.

Get three minutes into the phone interview and he lets me know that the job isn’t actually for this brand at all, it’s for one of their subsidiaries.



Then, he asks me what makes me want to work for this brand – the subsidiary, not what I thought I was applying for.

I told him the position seemed like a challenge that I would be great for and I was excited at the prospect.

Then he said ‘No, not why you want this position, why do you want to work for this brand (the subsidiary)?

I again mentioned the position seemed like something that would excite me.

And again, he said ‘I know why you think the position is great, but why did you want to work for this brand (the subsidiary)?

Well, sir, I didn’t actually know I was applying for a job with this subsidiary until about a minute ago when you told me. There was no listing of the subsidiary anywhere in the job posting. At all.

Scuffles on the other end of the phone.

‘You’re not very quick at thinking on your feet, are you?’ he asks.

‘Guess not!’ I said and tried to laugh it off, knowing this was going to be held against me.

Then he goes on to say ‘Well, I’ll explain to you a little more about the position. As a member of our sales team..’

Hold up.

Nothing in the job description mentioned ANYTHING about sales. ‘Oh, the job description didn’t mention anything about sales?’ I calmly, casually suggested.

He says ‘Well Marketing Activation is, by definition, sales’.

I disagree with that statement on its face. But whatever.

He goes on to explain that this position is a sales role and commission based.

So I applied to a job that I believed was going to be branding, marketing and establishing this company into new avenues in Western Canada.

The job was actually for a sales position for a subsidiary company in which the job-holder is to drive around the prairie provinces asking different gas stations and arenas and venues if they’re willing to carry this product and what kind of deal I could arrange to sell them these products.

44 thoughts on “Adventures in job hunting: Misleading job descriptions.

  1. Looks like you dodged a bullet with another MLM. They’re EVERYWHERE, and I had the unfortunate experience of one not too long ago. At this point, honestly, I avoid any job post that says “marketing.” So misleading, and it can mess up your life. Good thing you caught it!

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    1. This one definitely isn’t an MLM. It’s a pretty widely known brand in pretty much every supermarket. Just thing is I think they knew this job was shit so they wrote a fake job description for it hoping they could appeal to people and then sway them in the interview process into taking ‘the real job’.

      Marketing isn’t bad, when it’s done right. But you’re right there are a lot of misleading marketing positions out there and a lot of MLM’s ready to take advantage of anyone who doesn’t know any better…

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    1. Thank You ❤ I'm hoping I find the job I need, want and have been waiting and looking everywhere for soon. Because stuff like today is getting old…


    1. It is kind of funny, but also, so shady. This is a brand you could find in virtually any supermarket in Canada and the USA. If they’re pulling shit like this, imagine what it’s actually like working for there company! Some companies are ridiculous!

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    1. They wanted me to drive around the prairie provinces, in my own car, going to stadiums and arenas and schools and whatnot to work solely commission based to sell their products. I’m like ‘That’s a sales job, not a marketing job’. They’re like ‘Oh, it’s marketing’. I’m like ‘No. Marketing and sales are two very different things!’

      Then I asked them if there was an allowance for things like vehicle and phone and whatnot – things you need to do the job and they were like ‘No, you can take that out of whatever commissions you earn’.

      I’m like wow. this really is soooooooooooooooooooooooo far from marketing it’s not even on the same spectrum.

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  2. Scam artists, all the same! I would suggest at this point, you just pick up the phone and call compagnies. And just apply for a job that you want because clearly it doesn’t matter what they write, don’t bother reading anymore.
    I would walk in and convince them that they need you.
    I know this is maybe a little crazy but it is my first and honest reaction to this post.
    The absurdity!

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    1. I’ve done that in and around the city I’m presently living. People are having a hard time with me because they’re treating me like I’m too qualified to work a retail job and that I’m underqualified to work a career level job. It’s a weird in-between place to be. I walk in with a glistening smile, ready to wow and they usually like me but somehow always pass over me.

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  3. Wow! Good recovery but still, do you really want to work for a company that is as deceptive as this one? I know when you’re in or under employed, it can be tempting to say yes for the first job that comes your way. Don’t do it. The right job at the right company will come. Use this as an answer to a behavioral interview! How you handled the unexpected or something like that. Of course, point out that 1. You cannot name the company and 2. You want to work fir a company that is more transparent like (enter new company name here) as shown by (insert something about new company here.) You can even make it kind of a joke by keeping it a little light, using lots of the words/responses you used here. And what, if anything applies, what will you do differently. Maybe confirm what the company is and the job you’re interested in. Not sure a good way to do that but might be worth saving yourself time. Remember, YOU are interviewing THEM as well. When you realize that, interviews become a little less scary. And when asked if you have any questions, ask:
    1. What are the top 3 characteristics the successful candidate would have (and then how you fit them or put that in your thank you email) SEND A THANK YOU EMAIL!!!
    2. If you interview with more than 1 person, don’t send the same email to each interviewer- so take notes about what each interviewer seems most interested in.
    3. Ask if they have any issues regarding your ability to do the job. Again, address at the time or in email.
    4. If you have answered the question, stop talking!!! Don’t feel like you have to fill in dead air.
    5. Keep the interviewer talking more than you – less chance to mess up and people will feel like you’re REALLY interested and that they know you better. Strange but true.

    Those are the best questions you can ask. Yes, scour their website so you can tailor your resume & answers but these are great closing questions.

    Maybe I should have made this my own post in reply to yours. I’m a woman of many virtues. Short comments doesn’t make the list. Although if you don’t mind, I will make this a post and reference you post. Good luck and keep trying! Remember every “no” gets you one step closer to the ultimate “yes”!

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  4. You can’t trust companies like that. I once applied for a media marketing job, wanting to see what else there was to do aside from writing when I was in my 20s. It turned out that it was going door-to-door and convincing businesses to change their long distance telephone service. I job shadowed for about 20 minutes and told the guy it wasn’t for me. So much marketing these days for small and medium size companies is outsourced to freelancers. Have you thought about trying that while you wait to see if something bigger pans out?


    1. I still need to email you. I want to learn about your click bait job.

      I’ve done a little freelancing. It’s not enough to sustain me though. I’m living off a credit card right now, which sucks.


  5. I would probably have passed on that one long before he said it was a sales position. Sounds like a bogus ad and who knows what they’re really doing.


  6. ‘You’re not very quick at thinking on your feet, are you?’ — this individual sounds like he is the one who is not “very quick” at having a professional conversation.

    I am sorry you had to experience this, but happy you rightfully walked away from it. You deserve better ❤


  7. I have visions of you arriving in Dog River from Corner Gas! Haha! That sounds like a HUGE MESS UP on behalf of whoever posted that ad. I wish you could have told them that they’d messed up and you weren’t interested in working in a sales capacity for their subsidiary and that they should get their act together. Sorry they wasn’t your time. How dare he add insult to injury by dissing you like that!


  8. One of the things I find infuriating about this is that someone, somewhere along the line, realized that they might not get many applicants if they were transparent about the position, and were intentionally misleading people.

    As for the remark that you’re “not very quick at thinking on your feet,” I would have been sorely tempted to reply, “I am, but I’m also very interested in honesty and transparency.” I probably wouldn’t actually say that, though. Burning bridges and all…


  9. I’m a preschool teacher and there are so many times that job postings are misleading. I’ve been job hunting for the last month and a half and so many of the postings I tried to apply for were misleading…. But they’d post a job title they knew would get people in the door. SO FRUSTRATING.


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