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A colleague had a peer of her boss ask her if she would like to interview for a position.  I shared with her the internal interview request podcast.

She commented that she didn't want her current boss to find out because she truly loves her current position and boss. (the peer reached out to her without speaking to her boss)   And, quite frankly, would not want to move to Fresno from the Bay Area. 

Appears to me she should still say yes to the interview AND let her boss know his peer asked her. 

BUT, does she want to feel responsible for the bad blood between her boss & peer and how will it make her look?

Can I get your thoughts?

Singers's picture

Hi,

If it was me I would do just as you suggest, there's no reason that it should cause "bad blood", if it's a step forward in her career, her manager should support her. As Mike always say the more of your people that get promoted the better for you!

Kind Regards

Mads Sorensen

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buddhawtb's picture

I think you have to weigh the benefit of interviewing:

Might interviewing offer insights into a new-better career path/role that interests you (even if it is for informational purposes)

vs.

Time- your's and other's i.e. Value of interviewing for a position you might already have sufficient insights to know it doesn't interest you. 

 

If it's the former than your current boss shouldn't have a problem with it and you should do it. 

 

mmann's picture

Am I missing something?  Why would a person want to interview for a position they don't want in a location they don't want to live, when they're happy in their current role and geography?

Your friend should thank her boss' peer for the referral and vote of confidence and graciously decline.

 

--Michael

abellaf's picture

"Why would a person want to interview for a position they don't want in a location they don't want to live, when they're happy in their current role and geography?"

Hi Michael -

The thought is that you always say "yes" to a request to interview for an internal position without prejudging it, per the related podcast. 

Interviewing is not the same as accepting the position and interviewing can provide two positives:  1.) you may learn something about the position you do not know (in fact, assume you don't know everything about the position) and 2.) it shows management that you are a professional with a larger, open view of your place within the organization, now and in the future.

 

 

 

mmann's picture

I overlooked the reference to the podcast.

 

--Michael