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    Hi guys,

    I have a job interview in few hours. The problem is that somewhere deep inside I know I don't really want this job. I have another one coming up in a week's time, that one actually seems much better fit for me and something that I think I would enjoy doing. The company with whom I have the interview today are known for being very quick in handing out job offers.

    Basically, I am finishing MSc in few weeks' time. I graduated with a 2.1 BSc (Hons) last July. During the past year, I have been applying for few graduate schemes, got all the way to the last stage of recruitment for two but unfortunately didn't get in. So for the past weeks, I have been continuously looking for jobs and sending applications.

    Only last week it seemed that my luck has started to change; I got three invitations to interviews, had to reject one of them. And then there's this one today and one next week.

    My issue is that this job I am interviewing for today is probably the lowest on the list of my preferences at the moment. The job that I would really, really want has a closing date on 17th of August so still a while.

    I can't afford to not have a job in few weeks' time. I had to change my part-time job to zero hours contract due to unpaid university placement that I currently am undertaking. I can't move in with anyone from my family, I live with my partner but really need to be able to support myself again as soon as possible. Therefore, I was wondering how many of you have experience with accepting a job offer and later declining it? I know it's not ideal and probably I shouldn't even be thinking about it. But if I get a job (not saying I will!) but in few weeks time I'd get my dream job? I can't actually start working anywhere until the 20th of September.

    Any thoughts how you'd approach this dilemma?

    Well you need to be aware that if you accept and then turn down the offer you might be permanently burning bridges with the company, so if you'd like to be able to work for them in the future be careful. That said, I think a lot of companies will udnerstand if you say 'I was planning to take the role and accepted on good faith but unfortunately I've been offered something unexpectedly which I just can't turn down' and apologise - especially given it's a while til you'll start.
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