Experienced career changer followup on entry level role interview

Post date: 2022-05-19 13:59:32
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but,.......a more desirable role opened that I think I meet the requirements for. It's me again! Many of you know of my job search difficulties w/ unrealistic expectations and bulls**tting companies on my experience or skills. I'm trying to keep on the self-aware train and realistic expectations. I interviewed for an entry-level role with a dream company but since then a more sr. role similar to my previous jobs opened up. I want to approach them on the mid-level role but am scared it might cost me both opportunities.

I've cut out a ton of details to keep this short.

For role #1 my interviewer was clear that he was concerned about overqualification. He set expectations about pay and commitment to the role. Otherwise, he gave me strong indicators that we would move forward. I need to follow-up but also decide if I should inquire about the 2nd role. This scares me.

Here is my last question about coming to terms with my previous issues with interviews. Remember me! I figured out my interview problems - I've been bullshitting

As some of you know, I've been shooting too high to enter my new field as a consultant after finishing grad school. I'm trying for foot-in-the-door roles - it's not working. With almost 20 years of business experience, the feedback I'm getting from hiring managers is that I'm too experienced for entry-level roles but don't have the experience for mid-level roles. Although entry-level, the associate role I interviewed for is absolutely desirable as far as future career plans. I don't mind paying dues. I do need a job ASAP.

Having a fair amount of work experience, I'd like to believe that I can bring something unique to this role and possibly the other one. For the entry-level they want:

o1+ years experience in a B2B account management and 2-5 years in business, preferably international: I have almost 20 years, 7 of which are int'l and my subspecialty is global talent management.

oBachelor's degree: I have a master's specific to the field and was trained on the founder's research.

oBilingual: The interview was in my second language and I passed that test.

As a talent management firm, they know the problems with overqualification. They will expect a 2-3 years commitment and explained that compensation might be perceived as low. The interview wrapped up and he was going to have me take their personality assessments for the next conversation. As a qualified facilitator of the assessments - I already had my reports ready to send immediately. He also wanted me to reach out to another consultant on the international team - this is all encouraging.

The interview was five weeks ago. I followed-up two weeks later, and the next day, a mid-level consulting role on the international team opened up. This should be the next step up from the position I'm already in conversations about (I think). It doesn't require the technical skills that I've lacked for other positions and is almost exactly what I did in my previous career. They want:

o3-5 years industry and int'l experience: I have 20 years in a similar role but not this industry.

oMaster's degree in the field or MBA: I have the master's degree and general business experience.

When I spoke with the woman he wanted me to talk to, we had a good conversation. She just left this company for a competitor so the new role was hers. She seemed to think I was a good candidate and also confirmed that I would be bored at the entry-level. She offered to call my interiewer and discuss our conversation. I'm assuming it was to put in a good word. Over the next few days she tried to reach him with no luck but gave me updates about her attempts to reach him - another good sign.

She finally spoke with him a week ago and he sent me an email apologizing for his delay. It turns out he was at a conference. He said they were still interviewing and should be done last week. No response yet. I think I should follow-up again. This is where I'm stuck. I am most interested in the consulting role. Maybe my interviewer knew this role was opening up and that's why he wanted me to speak with her - it's possible ¯_(?)_/¯. She did suggest that I express interest in the consulting role. I haven't because I really don't want to come across as not really having been interested in the associate role and over-eager to get ahead.

I think today is follow-up time. I'm afraid that the consultant role might go away and I never spoke up while being concerned and having the expectation that I might not be experienced enough yet. I also don't want to find out that they went with somebody else for the associate role. After 5 weeks waiting for news and the other role being open three weeks, it might be time to express interest in both roles. I'm thinking I'll send a follow-up tonight on the associate role and hope for a response tomorrow. Does bringing up interest in the mid-level role at this time make sense? if so, how should I approach this in an email?

I do need a job yesterday and there are no complaints about pay and this could finally be the foot in the door. Yeah, I'm able to make a commitment to whichever role!!!!
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