Years ago, after passing out of Indian Institute of Technology, a few of us applied for a job with a premier software consultancy firm. We felt quite apprehensive about getting slotted into a Cobol coding job as it had happened in the past with most of our seniors from the Institute. We were too naive to see it as an opportunity to learn about the interesting world of core business processes and transactions, not taught in the class rooms. In the personal interview that followed, I brought myself up to asking for a job that involved both hardware and software (writing device drivers, etc.). The interviwer nicely explained how they did not have positions of that kind, at least at that time. Thus I blew my chances of starting my career with that organization.
The simple but important take-away for me was ‘never ever bid for a position that does not exist in an organization’. No one is going to create one at least in the lower echleons of the corporate hierarchy. And don’t ever confuse the interviewer by bringing up an ‘undefined’ option of any kind!