A reader writes:
I applied for a job that was posted internally in my company. I was called for an interview but did not do well (I misunderstood a couple of questions and did not provide sufficient details). I did not get the job and it appears neither did any other internal candidate. The company has posted the same job externally now. I am more prepared for the interview now and would like to apply again. Would I be considered by the hiring manager?
You can give it a shot; just be prepared for it not to go anywhere. An employer might consider a candidate who was previously rejected for the same job if: (a) what they’re looking for has changed, and while you weren’t the right match before, you might be now, or (b) they’ve discovered that what they’re looking for doesn’t exist, so they’re being more flexible.
However, if you didn’t perform well in the interview last time, and so it wasn’t a question of experience/skills, that’s probably a disqualifier for further consideration. However, people often think they didn’t do well an interview when they actually did (because people tend to beat themselves up about why they didn’t get a job), so unless they’re the ones who told you that, I’d say that you should try again. You have nothing to lose, right?
This brings me to a point I’ve been wanting to make for a while: A lot of questions I get can be answered by “What do you have to lose?” Should you tell your former boss you’re interested in returning, should you reapply for a job, should you apply for a job that is slightly over your experience level, and so forth. In all these cases, why not just try? What’s the worst that will happen? You could get told no, which means you won’t be any worse off than you are right now. (This point was also made by the Evil HR Lady recently.)
Really. Just give it a shot. Maybe they’ll say no, but maybe they won’t.