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Old 07-18-2016, 11:05 AM
 
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Hi CD,

Weird situation I'm in that I'm unsure how to handle. I'm currently actively interviewing for two roles at the same company that are somewhat different from each other. One is in a field I want to to transition into (Analysis - Finance), the other is in my current field (Accounting). I recently had a final interview for the Finance role and felt it went very well, but now I have also been informed that the Accounting hiring team wants me in for a final interview for that role as well. The only problem I have is that I greatly want the Finance role a lot more than the Accounting role, and I'm unsure how to communicate this, if I even need to in the first place. My greatest worry is that the Finance hiring team will pass on me because they will see I also applied to an Accounting role and since my background is in Accounting they will pass on me figuring I would be a good fit for that. On the flip side, If I was never a front runner for the Finance role to begin with (there were 4 final candidates), I would be more than happy with the Accounting role.

Is there anyway I can express that I'm much more interested in the Finance role without ruining my chances for either position? Would it perhaps be best to sit back, continue with the final interview for the Accounting role, and see how things play out? Human Resources is aware I am interviewing for both roles and that both hiring teams are also aware of this, but she said that was fine. Nothing to worry about.... but I'm worried!

What do people think the best play is?
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:17 AM
 
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Take all of the interviews. Don't worry until you have actual offers. If you get the Acct offer first, then go back to the hiring manager of the finance job and let them know you want their job. Ask how soon can they give you a final decision either way. Don't turn anything down until you know where you stand with both jobs.
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Old 07-18-2016, 11:57 AM
 
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I agree with charlygal.

Never assume anything and don't do anything to jeopardize any of your chances.

Go to other interview, and then wait for any final job offer before saying anything.

I see too many people making mistakes of assuming that they already got or will get a job offer, and running various scenarios through their minds before anything happens. This causes people to say and do things they regret later on.

Way too many things going in behind the scenes to assume. Play it safe which doesn't rub anyone the wrong way.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:03 PM
 
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If both teams are aware, it's fine. Do your best at both interviews, and if you get the one for finance, take it.
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Old 07-18-2016, 12:41 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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It's the timing that makes it awkward. I have been in this situation as a hiring manager. I found out that one person I was interviewing had already interviewed a few days before for a slightly higher paying position. She seemed a slightly better fit than the next person, but I passed on her. If I had selected her and she got the other offer most likely she would accept it and my selection would be delayed. As it turned out, my 2nd choice worked out great, and she did get the other job.
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Old 07-20-2016, 03:18 PM
 
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Hi CD,

Weird situation I'm in that I'm unsure how to handle. I'm currently actively interviewing for two roles at the same company that are somewhat different from each other. One is in a field I want to to transition into (Analysis - Finance), the other is in my current field (Accounting). I recently had a final interview for the Finance role and felt it went very well, but now I have also been informed that the Accounting hiring team wants me in for a final interview for that role as well. The only problem I have is that I greatly want the Finance role a lot more than the Accounting role, and I'm unsure how to communicate this, if I even need to in the first place. My greatest worry is that the Finance hiring team will pass on me because they will see I also applied to an Accounting role and since my background is in Accounting they will pass on me figuring I would be a good fit for that. On the flip side, If I was never a front runner for the Finance role to begin with (there were 4 final candidates), I would be more than happy with the Accounting role.

Is there anyway I can express that I'm much more interested in the Finance role without ruining my chances for either position? Would it perhaps be best to sit back, continue with the final interview for the Accounting role, and see how things play out? Human Resources is aware I am interviewing for both roles and that both hiring teams are also aware of this, but she said that was fine. Nothing to worry about.... but I'm worried!

What do people think the best play is?
this really depends on how big the company is - i work for a large financial services company that has hundreds of HR consultants that cover 80 different lines of business. While yes, they will ask if you are interviewing elsewhere, they are not necessarily trying to get you to the better fit. They are still in a quasi-competing mode and the department that wants you the most will make an offer. I've internally interviewed for multiple jobs at the same time (final candidate) and the HR consultants weren't aware, neither was my current boss. Big companies have a lot more room for a candidate to get by - if it's a small place then you may be right that they could discuss you and make the decision that way.
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