My Employer Rejected Me Because My Current Salary Is Really High? Please help.
Last week, I interviewed with a large company for a position that is notably senior to my current position. I currently work for a company that is a close competitor to this company. I met the minimum qualification criteria that were advertised by the company, along with several management hiring preferences. To be honest, I was really surprised to be called for an interview in the first place as working at the offered position would be a significant upgrade from my current role. But at the same time, I was really overjoyed because it would provide a vanguard to my career.
I got the invitation to the interview by the direct supervisor, who was not on the interview panel. I had my interview with a panel of the highest level executives, which kind of intimidated me. But, the panel reviewed that I answered some of the questions very well.
The interview went quite well, and they really seemed kind. But at the end of the interview, one of the executives asked me, “Do you think that you are truly qualified for this position due to your young age and your experience in this particular field?” The position required experience in different fields while I had experience in only one of them. I had to admit that I was not the perfect candidate for the job, but then tried to recover by explaining how my experience and current position can help me to learn more about other aspects. They did not provide any feedback on my answer, and I left the place, feeling totally nauseated. Was it a mistake on my part? Do you think that I came off as an overstepping upstart? I don’t want to lose any chances of being employed by this company in the future. Shall I ask them to withdraw my name from consideration?
DID I DEBUT AS AN OVERSTEPPING UPSTART?
No, don’t even think of asking them to withdraw your name! Give it a chance, if they don’t hire you, then so be it, but don’t let yourself out of the running unless you are not interested in the position anymore.
You wouldn’t have been invited for the interview if they didn’t think that you were potentially the right person for the job. It was not your mistake or you were not overreaching by going for the interview. They invited you to be there.
And as far as that question from the executive is taken into consideration, it can be just to assess if you have what it takes to excel in the offered position. Chances are they just wanted to know if you can take the responsibilities, despite the obstacles. So don’t consider it as a trap or something.
Don’t get intimated by how senior the executives on the interview panel were. Their position shouldn’t bother you, so just treat them like ordinary people. It seems that you found the position of the executives as intimidating, and that is changing your perception towards the whole experience. Nothing atrocious happened, so there is no reason to feel nauseated about it.