I've recently seen a company post two job listings, one for a "Senior"-level role and one for an "Intermediate"-level role. There are some differences (and it's more than just "years experience") between the two in terms of required qualifications, and the listed responsibilities.
Personally, I'd like to get the senior role (based on the listed responsibilities). My problem is that while I think I have a pretty good chance at being considered qualified enough for it, I think I'd have an excellent chance at getting the intermediate role.
I'm not sure how to apply, or to which one:
- I could apply to both, but that just seems weird to me.
- I could apply to the intermediate role, which is not my first choice, but I'm pretty sure I could get.
- I could apply to the senior role, which I think I could get, but with a lower probability of success than the intermediate role.
So I'm wondering:
- Is it a common practice to apply to two roles like this? Would the company view this negatively?
- Is it common practice to refer a candidate to a similar, less-senior position if that position is open and they qualify, or just disregard them if they only apply for the senior position?
- Is it common to "upgrade" someone's application to a Senior position if they qualify, even if they applied for the intermediate position?
I'm not sure what strategy to use to apply, and I'm hoping someone with more experience with hiring practices can help answer me.