I work in a support role in an expanding company.
While I was working, a more senior staff member I've never met before came to me and said there is likely to be a new role soon in a higher position, and told me about it and asked whether I could do it.
We wear different uniforms depending on our role and area in the company, so that's how I know he is more senior.
I have skills that I don't need for my position and I think the position he described would be more suitable, and I think there is no one else in my section who would be qualified to do that job.
He asked whether I planned to continue working at the company for a long time, and I said I do.
I told him I could do the job, and told him about my experience in similar roles.
He said "great" and walked away.
From a game theory perspective, I don't know whether he asked about whether I plan to stay at the company for a long time because he wants to find someone permanent for the new position, or whether he used the story of a new position to break the ice in preparation for finding out whether I plan to stay at the company for some other reason.
Each seems equally likely to me, but maybe 1 is more likely than the other.
My question is: what should I do now?
Assuming there will be a new position and that he just wanted to make sure I wanted to stay with the company for a long time before offering it to me, should I just forget about it? If the new position is created and I'm the most suitable person for it, he or someone else will ask me again.
If they find someone else for the position, I don't expect they would come and tell me that it has been filled, and I don't want to be waiting forever.
Or should I ask him again after a few days?