My Em­ployer Re­jected Me Be­cause My Cur­rent Salary Is Re­ally High? Please help.

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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?

An­swer

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.

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