/ Asked by Laura
Is an internal candidate more likely to get the job than a external candidate?
Answered by Dan, Hiring Expert at Mutual of Omaha, on Thursday, April 21, 2016
Great question! A lot of people would assume that the internal candidate would be picked for the job verse an external candidate. Whereas, that is not always the case, just because someone is internal doesn’t mean they are the right fit for that particular positon. The key is to learn what the required job for the employee is and then have the hiring managers decide which one is more suitable for that specific position and is capable of performing the required tasks and bringing the right values to the organization. By hiring a new employee or promoting a current one, is just the starting point and both need the company support to success. Internal hires need some push to go beyond what is already acceptable by the organization. As for external hires, they will need some guidance on what needs to be done to move ahead and avoid conflict. In the end, it doesn’t matter if you are internal or external. The hiring manager will be looking for a candidate who is qualified and who can bring value to their team and the company!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, April 22, 2016
The goal of any hiring manager should be to hire the most qualified candidate, regardless of whether they are internal or external.  Some hiring managers do have positions where they want an internal candidate and if that is the case, they are generally encouraged not to post the position externally because it is highly disengaging to a candidate to apply for a position when they will not be considered.  In most cases, however, positions are posted internally and externally and the hiring manager is open to both.  What is key for any candidate is to emphasize why they think they are the most qualified.  For example, an internal candidate can stress their knowledge of the company, where as an external candidate can emphasize their knowledge of the external market.  Again it boils down to the needs of the hiring manager and which candidate makes the best case for them to be hired.
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!
Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Like a lot of hiring questions, the answer to this is very much dependent upon where the company is at in the hiring process, their culture, etc. Each company treats the hiring for a new position differently. In my experience I have seen a few different scenarios. Some companies will always post a position internally for a number of days before the post goes public to give potential internal candidates the opportunity to apply first. This is something that helps to foster a culture that shows that there is an opportunity for advancement or job shift and creates flexibility. On the other hand, a company may have gotten to the point where its important to bring in “new blood”. The sudden influx of ideas, new ways of thinking, and a new perspective on company culture that come with a brand new outside candidate can go a long way. I think in either case, whether it be an internal or external candidate, the company will always make an effort to go with the more qualified candidate that is also a great fit for the position being hired for.
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