Post # 1
I recently applied for three jobs at the same company- all in the same field, but not necessarily in the same department or even the same building (this is a HUGE corporation).
I had an HR phone interview for the first job, shortly after which I got a rejection email (I was missing experience in a pretty key area). I applied for two more jobs. For the second job, the HR person I talked to previously happened to be doing the screening for that one, so I was able to skip the phone interview and schedule an in person interview with the hiring manager which will happen tomorrow afternoon. In the meantime, I got a call yesterday regarding the third job, and I have a phone interview with a different HR person today.
Every phone interview I’ve had lately (I have been really actively searching) has asked me where else I’ve interviewed. Do I tell them I have an interview for a different job within the same company? Should I assume they know? The two HR people I have talked to work in the same building. Is that bad to simultaneously pursue two jobs within a company?
Post # 3
I’m a recruiter…
No, it’s not bad to go after more than one job within a company…especially one as large as you’re describing.
Yes, you should be forthcoming about all of your other interviews (including the othe ones internally). In the job hunt, honesty is always the best policy. Sometimes you need to sugar coat things, but definitely err on the side of honesty.
Hope this helps, best of luck on these!!
Post # 4
I would not say it’s bad. I did something similar. I wouldn’t assume that they necessarily know about your other application (if it is such a large company, sometimes departments can be pretty autonomous), but definitely be honest about it.
Post # 5
OK, thanks so much! I wasn’t planning on lying, I just didn’t know if it would hurt me to admit I am pursuing two jobs. Both are jobs I really really want!
Post # 6
Yeah – I think you can defintiely tell them. I think express why you are so interested in that company. It will show a dedication/loyalty.
Sidenote – I have never been asked whereelse I was applying. That’s interesting to me.
Post # 7
@jaykayel: Sometimes they ask where else you’re applying so they can see what other activity you have going on and can adjust the process if necessary. If they LOVE someone, they may speed the process along knowing that the person has other interviews and they risk losing him/her to another job if they drag their feet.