What are the dangers of taking a job for which you were not the "optimal" candidate?
For those who want it, here is the background story:
Six months ago, I applied for a position in one of my company's sister companies (owned by the same parent). I had a telephone interview and then a live interview around 6 months ago. Both interviews were with an HR person. I felt the interviews went fairly well, but weren't fantastic. I did all of the follow-up and didn't hear anything, so I assumed that I wasn't going to get the job.
A person in my network, let's call him Bill, made me aware of the position and recommended me for it. The recommendation was made to the president of the parent company, the hiring manager's boss. This all happened almost immediately after the position was vacated.
I was speaking to Bill about another matter a few weeks ago and he asked me about what happened with the position. I told him that I must not have been the right person for the job because I never heard back from the company. Bill said that was odd because he thought I was the exact person they were looking for and the position still wasn't filled.
Two nights ago, the HR person who interviewed me called and apologized for not getting back to me sooner and asked if I was still interested in the position. I said I was and she said she wanted me to interview with the hiring manager ASAP.
I know I don't have anything yet because I don't have an offer; however, I want to make sure that I take everything into consideration if an offer is extended.
Thank you for any advice you can offer!