Are you being hired to find the problem and fix it or are you being hired to do a task that might help fix the problem?
How many times have you asked what the problem is that is trying to be solved and what you are being asked to do directly to resolve it?
Not an easy question to answer?
“We’re growing the team and have some stuff to do.”
“The next release is late and we need more help.”
“I’m replacing my headcount.”
These aren’t problems to be solved, these are functions to be filled.
Everyone can fill a function, be the one that asks about the problem, demonstrates your interest and commitment and makes you the one they don’t WANT to hire but NEED to.