I'm in a somewhat unusual situation, and not sure what I should do.
Last week, I had an interview for a mid/upper-level manager. I'm very unqualified for this position (I don't have any management experience, I haven't been in the industry all that long, etc), but I somehow managed to get an interview. Since I recently lost my job with this whole COVID-19 thing, there was no reason not to at least go through the interview and try.
I bombed the interview. Over half of the questions, I responded with "I don't know". Several of my answers, the interviewer actually corrected me and explained why my answer was wrong. They cut my interview off early. No big deal. It was a long shot that I'd actually get the job.
To my surprise, they called yesterday and offered me the job. Some unusual things they told me were:
They said they really liked my ideas about motivating people (I don't remember answering that at all).
They said they were really impressed by my technical background on mobile (I have very minimal experience, probably not even enough to be a mid-level engineer).
They said they were impressed by my volunteering on the board of some charity (I've never been on any board, and I never said anything in the interview to lead them to believe that I was).
They then gave me an offer for a huge amount of money - way more than I've ever made, plus a huge signing bonus.
The more I think about it, the more I think they've got the wrong person. I know they were interviewing other candidates, and it's all remote interview (because of COVID-19). Also, they had rescheduled my interview from 10:00 to 2:00 at the last minute. I'm guessing they're mixing me up with somebody else.
But I have an offer in front of me. I'm unemployed and need income, and this would be huge, especially the signing bonus. Is there any reason that I shouldn't take this job? It's not like I'm committing fraud or anything (it's the company that's screwing up), but are there any repercussions that can come from this?
Update - 5/7
I thought I'd share an update. Sorry for the delay. I REALLY needed the money, so I went ahead and took the job. Huge signing bonus has been deposited in my account, and I've read through the fine print in the contract and confirmed that there are no strings attached to the bonus. I've now been working for a few weeks and will get my first paycheck soon.
To answer some questions I'm sure you all have:
- My name was definitely on the offer letter
- Yes - I feel a little bit guilty for taking the job, but I really needed to. (I was about a week away from homelessness. Please don't be so judgmental unless you know what it's like to be in my situation).
- No - I have no idea what I'm doing in my job. I'm mostly making this up as I go along.
- No - nobody has called me out for being a fraud, but there are several people who sound very suspicious when I talk to them. (But that could just be me being paranoid).
- Yes - I am terrified that somebody will find out.
Thank you all for the very helpful responses. This is a great site, and I'll plan on asking more questions as I navigate my way through this unusual situation.