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Internal Job Application Mess Up

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fuckinbastardwank Thu 26-Nov-15 22:35:42

There recently was an internal job advertised at work that would be a promotion for me. I spoke to my boss who confirmed what I already knew, there is no chance of promotion in my current department so I applied for the job (there is an email trail showing application being discussed with my current manager and being sent to HR) and spoke to the recruiting manager before the internal deadline.

At that point (i.e. before the deadline) he told me he'd already been sanctioned to advertise the job externally because he'd not had any interest internally and that he'd have to look at the external candidates and speak to my current manager. He said he'd give me feedback if there was any areas they thought I needed to develop before taking on the job. That was just under a month ago.

They did the external interviews last week. The recruiting manager spoke to me today and told me the external candidates were no good, he was still interested in me (so no 'oh you need to show you can do X') but he had to recruit someone externally (didn't explain why, I suspect to save himself from having to explain why they advertised externally when there was a suitable internal candidate but from what he said he's going to have to do more external interviews!) but there would be another job coming up in a few months (implying I would be a shoe-in at that point but not actually saying it).

Our policy says internal candidates should always be favoured so what do I do now? If I complain then I'm sure they'd be able to come up with an excuse for not offering me the job now and I might not get one later on for being a troublemaker. I could apply for another job somewhere else but I'm in a very specialised technical role and my notice period is so long it could take longer to leave than to wait for the next job to come up here. Grrr.

flowery Fri 27-Nov-15 11:00:34

"Favoured"? Is that what it actually says? Difficult to know how that would manifest itself, does the policy explain further? It would normally be something like if someone was on notice of redundancy they must be given a trial if they meet basic criteria or similar.

The recruiting manager sounds a bit ineffectual and poor at giving feedback/initiating difficult conversations, but it sounds like it basically boils down to him not wanting you for the role. It's disappointing for you, but unless you think there is some discriminatory reason for it, or there is clearer wording in the policy you refer to that supports you, there's not a lot to do really.

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