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Asked by raelene on June 27, 2017

I am interviewing for position with a large company but also applied for another position within the same company but different department. One position has less qualifications than the other however, for myself I would prefer the second position given that it is slightly higher in rank and aligns more with my future goals. Do you think the interviewer will think differently of me because I applied for the 2 positions? It should be noted that the interviewer would likely be the same for both positions. How would you address this in the interview?

Answered by Ellee, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on June 28, 2017

Hello – If both of the positions are within the same function and are related to your degree and past experience, it will be less confusing to the interviewer. If you have already interviewed for one role but are no longer interested, I would reach out to the recruiter to let them know you are interested in another role you applied to. It is best to be honest with the recruiter about the position you are most interested in. Recruiters want to hire candidates for positions they are truly interested in and if you are no longer interested in the position you are interviewing for, I would let them know. If you speak with the recruiter and are still interested in the position and receive an offer, you may have the opportunity to transition roles after a few years.

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Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on June 28, 2017

Hi there!  Are you qualified for the more advanced position?  Yes, then great!  Go for it!  Not qualified?  That is also fine because you'll have something to work towards.  I agree with a previous poster that said to be honest with the recruiter.  They know what's going on and if they wanted to talk to you about both, then that is a great opportunity for you to promote the reasons you could be a great fit.  Take advantage of the fact that you are going to have an audience with the recruiter more than once.  Build the camaraderie.  Build the momentum.  Get the job.

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Answered by Tony, Hiring Expert at Hill-Rom, on June 28, 2017

Good afternoon! I would make sure you are applying to positions that match up with your experience because if they are two drastically different roles it may send an impression that you are not sure what exactly you are looking for. If they happen to be different but share similar qualifications than I don’t think that there is an issue at all. When speaking with the recruiter I would be honest and let them know you have applied to several positions that match your experience and you are simply looking for the right role as well as very eager to get your foot in the door with this particular company and are open to hearing their feedback. If you happen to interview for both but are leaning more towards one than the other I would be up front and honest about that as well because at the end of the day both you and the company are looking for the right long term fit. I hope this helps!

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Answered by Brittany, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on July 5, 2017

It's difficult to say whether the interviewer will "think differently" of you and whether or not it would be positive. Either way, you have the power to turn this into a very positive situation and conversation. Applying to two positions within the same company shows your diverse skillset, fierce determination and high learnability - the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one's skill set to remain employable throughout their working life. Do not hesitate to state any and all of these aspects once speaking with your interviewer.

In regards to the submission process, remember to align your resume with each respective position, highlighting where and how your strengths would be an asset to each. 

Best of luck in your interviews!

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