BLUF = Should I have answered truthfully that, "Yes, I am interviewing externally ?"
This may seem like a "no-brainer" but hear me out.
I applied for an internal position with my current employer. One of the questions the internal recruiter asked me was "Are you interviewing Externally ?"
I answered "No, I was not."
[Truth is I love working for my current, very globally large, employer. But that I do occasionally like to hear about other career opportunities and a few times have actually gone on external interviews.]
Here is why I think perhaps I should have told the Internal Recruiter that I am interviewing externally:
Employees in my role are VERY difficult and costly to replace.
- $100K of specialized internal training.
- Valuable hands-on experience
- A new employee would take 5 years to come up to speed.
Because replacing employees in my role is difficult, expensive and time consuming - they can almost never change positions within the company.
I've been here 9 years and have only seen one person change jobs. Frankly that person couldn't do the technical work very well. I suspect that was why they were allowed to take a different internal position.
Another point: Lately there has been a huge focus on retaining technical talent. Plus major finders fees to help take talent of other companies in the industry.
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SO: I'm wondering if one of this Internal Recruiters jobs is to triage the flight risk of high-tech employees applying for internal positions. If there is no risk, then they don't get considered for the position.
I'm very qualified for the position applied for - but am getting little attention. I suspect they've been told not to consider me due to the cost of replacing me.
What do you think ?