Ep. 615 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter offers a smooth way to answer this tricky question.
"Why should I hire you from the outside when I could just promote someone internally?"
I Want you to understand that this is just a red herring question. By interviewing you, they are already telling you that they have already decided that there isn't anyone internally that they are completely comfortable with. Your job in your interviews is to make them comfortable with your candidacy for this role.
You could be as blunt as I just was but I wouldn't suggest. What I would suggest is a slightly different strategy. Say something along the lines of this, "I think it is a great quality that organizations have when they look internally at the people, evaluate and assess them and determine that there is an upward career path for them. (Note: you are complementing them). However, when an organization has to do is look at you the best person is for this role. If you decide to the internal person is best, you should definitely promote them. Conversely, if you look at people from the outside, and decide I'm the best person for you (and I certainly hope I am), then just understand that the organization is getting an individual that is superior to the internal candidate is going to afford the firm an opportunity to really advance."
See what you're doing? You are complementing them on the one, encouraging them to hire the best person for the job, even if it is an internal person (that's the modesty thing in their), and praising them at the end if they hire from the outside, having decided that that candidate is the best one.
Do you really think employers are trying to help you?
You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter a leadership and career coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
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