/ Asked by Joe
I had interviews for a management position. The company decided I did not have the right background for the management position but asked if I would consider another open position I am making the assumption the company has value for my skills within their organization. Is my assumption off base? What else could I logically conclude from the company's request?
Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, July 13, 2015
Congrats on the interview, it is a tough job market out there!  When it comes right down to it, if the organization you interviewed with did not feel your skills were of interest, they would likely not have mentioned the alternative position.  We are living in a fast paced world and there isn't enough time in the day for a recruiter to maintain a relationship if they don't see a future.  I would consider that a positive sign for the possibility that you would be considered for other jobs in the company. 

Take every interview as an opportunity to hone your skills, learn to ask better questions, cultivate the habit of making connections with your interviewer and consider it an opportunity to network.  It is always worthwhile to remember that the impressions you are making are what that same interviewer will use when they consider people they know for future openings. 

Good luck to you!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
In my opinion your assumption is not off base. The company most likely has certain requirements for their management level jobs. However, the company feels that you are a great candidate with valuable skills that they can see working in their company. Considering the company’s request from two different perspectives, the company could believe that your skill set can be more valuable in another position. The company could also feel that once you’re within the company they will have the ability to train you in the areas which you are lacking management skills, which would ensure that you acquire and learn the necessary skills to be hired into a management position.

If you are still hesitant, during your next interview you could raise a few questions regarding the career track for that particular position and if it is possible to still obtain a management position within the company. Subsequently, you could ask what skills are needed to be successful in a management position which will assist you understanding what skills you need to learn that will increase the probability to be considered for the management positions.
Answered by Rachel, Hiring Expert at Emerson, on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Yes I think that is a safe assumption and also, a potentially great spot for you to be in! It sounds like they think you weren’t the right fit for that particular management role, but they see some potential in you being a fit for a different role in the company.
When/if you decide to proceed with them, I would definitely ask what the typical career path looks like for someone in the position they think you are a better fit for right now. It’s possible that role maybe more appealing to you. Sometimes in order to advance in your career, you will need to make lateral moves, and that is a normal part of career advancement.
Overall there is no harm into listening to what the company has to say about other open roles!
Answered by Lori, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Friday, July 17, 2015
It sounds like the company is definitely interested in what you can bring to their organization, but for whatever reason, they didn't feel the initial role you interviewed for was the right fit. Not the right fit could mean that you didn't have enough management experience, or not enough compared to other candidates, or perhaps they are looking for for having management experience with certain type of teams or even locations. Whatever the specifics were, they still felt that you have valuable skills and experience that they feel would bring value to the company. It never hurts to listen and find out more information to see if this other role could make sense for what you are interested in. Often times when one door closes, another one opens, and it might end up being an even better option than what we thought was our first choice.
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