BLUF: Should I interview for an opening that I am already told I will not get?
There is an opening with my current employer that represents the next logical progression for my career. I really want the promotion, feel that I am ready, and have the results to back it up. However, my boss has made it clear to me that I can interview for the role, but will not get the role. It was made clear that it would be good to go through the process, but I don't stand a chance at winning the assignment. Several of my peers are also going for this role and my instinct is telling me one of them already has a substiantial inside track to it.
My reaction is to still interview, if anything I am more motivated than ever by being counted out before I interview. I really can not think of a downside to this, but wanted to get some MT community advice.
Can anyone think of a downside to interviewing for this opening, even if I don't win it?