Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., on Monday, April 25, 2016
Hi there! Some good, insightful responses have been added already, but I wanted to add just a little extra two cents. It is a truly positive thing for companies to seek out talent in their internal workforce. As you get further into any recruiting process in fact, you, as a candidate, will likely hear recruiters and hiring managers talk about leadership opportunities, advancement opportunities etc. as a selling point. Anyone working for a company works with a promotion in mind to varying degrees. Where can I go from here, what is next in my career path etc.
It is accurate that the BEST candidate should be selected and it can be a challenge to identify what exactly makes the best candidate. If you are asking this question because you are trying to gauge whether or not it is worthwhile to apply for a position because you think it is more likely to go to an internal applicant, keep in mind...if you can see a job posted externally, you are able to apply to it. And, I maintain, you should. If you are interested in a company how do you think they find out about you? If you apply, if you network, if you are sourced by one of their recruiters. Which one will you be for your dream company?
Best of luck in your job search!