long post - sorry! i applied for a job for which i meet every qualification except one. this job has some very specific requirements and i can't imagine many people meeting all of them. Plus it is a job I would LOVE>
Here is the issue: there was a screening tool used on line as a first step in the application process. the job said "BA required MA preferred. I attended 4 years of college and was able to walk through the graduation line (my parents don't even know i didn't really graduate!) , but did not technically earn a diploma. The 3 choices given on the on line screening tool were MA, BA or none. I knew if I put NONE, the computer would weed me out. There was no sign off on the screening tool about "I certify the above is correct" and then when i thought about going back to correct, the system would not let me do so. I had hoped that there would have been a "comment " section where i would have explained.
Long story short, i submitted a resume along with the screening tool . My resume does not indicate i graduated, only that i attended xx university. I was called for a phone interview (with 5 people!) and am now being asked back for an all day face to face interview.
I know the employer will eventually vet all final candidates and i would rather tell them sooner rather than later. I believe if i have this face to face interview I will be offered the job. do i tell them at the conclusion of the face to face interview? do I tell them when/if they offer the job? do i wait to complete the application and indicate no degree on the application?
I have no intention of letting them potentially hire me under false pretenses, but my thinking at the time, was that if they really liked me and i met all the criteria except the degree part (and I was 16 credits shy and I would not be opposed to returning to school). so now what do I do? when do i tell them? my thought is to wait til the very end and then say something about the choices given on the screening tool not fitting my specific situation and there then being no room for comments or opportunity for me to go back and edit?
What would you as hiring officials do? Thanks