This is similar to another question but with a bit of a twist, so I think it warrants existing alongside the other question.
I am in the process of changing jobs, so I have been applying to quite a few positions over the past 3-4 months and been following the trends for longer than that. I don't know if it's relevant for the answers but I am also transitioning from non-profit research to industrial position, with a sought-after profile. Had a bit of an interesting event lately which made me think a bit.
So in chronological order:
- I applied for a position at a large multinational company
- I got selected for a phone interview with the hiring manager and his superior/collaborator at a different site/department.
- They hinted that I might be a better fit for a different position they are looking for (which does not exist online)
- I agreed to be considered for that, and immediately got selected for the second round, on-site interview
- The HR person accidentally (?) sent me information about this position as a forwarded email, where s/he sent this information to another candidate a couple of months ago. I can see their entire conversation in the quoted text which is an interesting read I have to say.
So then I got a bit curious and ended up finding this persons CV online, and read a bit more. The profile looks legit and I don't see any immediate red flags. So the obvious question in my head is why did they not go forward with this candidate and decided to keep searching, and even asking me to apply to this position.
Is it unprofessional of me to try and inquire why this position was not filled before? Or in other words, how can I acquire more information on this position without leaving a bad impression and hurting my chances?