I have just been interviewed for a cover position as my supervisor/manager is going on extended leave. The position was advertised internally within our organization and applicants were asked to write 500-word responses to two questions as well as address selection criteria and submit a resume through the company recruitment node. Myself and at least two other staff in my office were interviewed. The interview was conducted by our mutual supervisor and their immediate manager. It felt pretty awkward to me and not something I have experienced before.
I mean, I have never experienced someone interviewing candidates for their own leave cover before, and normally I would expect at least a three-person interview panel for a manager's position.
Putting it out to the crowd: is this a normal and reasonable practice, to be interviewed by the person you want to fill in for, in this way?