I applied for position A in a company. I meet about 1/3 of the qualifications for the job explicitly, but have a strong background that would make me a good candidate nonetheless. I got an email asking to set up a screening interview with their HR recruiter, as they believed my resume might make me a good fit for the position.
Some time after applying to position A, position B in the same company opened up. The company is fairly small, so it is likely that the same person is reviewing the applications, or is at least familiar with any applications that come in. I am a much stronger fit all across the board for position B. I would prefer position A for career reasons, but in the end, my goal is to work at this company (they do incredible work), whichever position that is.
How should I approach this with the HR recruiter? Should I send an email referencing the position, in advance of the interview? Should I just mention it in the interview? Or should I apply to the position and perhaps mention this in the cover letter?
I do not want to come across as “wishy-washy,” as if I’ll take whatever job I can get, but I also want them to know that I want to work at their company and have a skill set that may be applicable for job B as well. Overall, I’d like to take the route that results in the highest chances that I will be offered a position at this company.