How to handle a "courtesy interview"?
April 9, 2014 9:02 PM Subscribe
I work for Company A, a very large outift with multiple branches in my city. I have worked for company A since I graduated from college, at first with my Dream Job division (but not doing my dream job), then with my OK Job division. I still work in OK Job division and my job is pretty OK. I applied for my dream job with Company A last year. The person I would report to informed me that since they did not get enough qualified applicants, they would not be filling the position. I took that to mean I was not qualified and thought it was done. Now they're offering me a "courtesy interview." What?!
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My dream job at Company A opened up last fall when someone retired. I applied but was informed by my would-be supervisor that since not enough qualified people applied, they would not even hold interviews. This spring my dream job re-appeared on the Now Hiring page. I did not apply because I wasn't qualified the first time and hadn't done or learned anything to improve my application. I ran into several colleagues from Dream Job division at a work function and they all wanted to know how my application to Dream Job was going, if I had an interview, etc. They were all willing to vouch for me and several said they put in a good word. All of those colleagues know I applied for Dream Job last year and didn't get it but must have figured I would try again.
Now, after not applying for the latest incarnation of Dream Job, I was contacted by my would-be supervisor to set up an interview. Would-be supervisor said she remembered my application from last year and that I came highly recommended. I scheduled an interview and got my hopes up. Today I received an email from her saying "Since you did not apply through the [regular channel] and we offered you a courtesy interview, we'd like you to send us [paperwork] before we speak with you."
Why would their HR, her, and everyone involved go through the trouble to offer me a "courtesy interview" and tell me it's a courtesy interview in advance? I don't want to waste anyone's time or take focus away from candidates who actually applied. How do I handle this situation?