I am currently hiring to fill an open position in my team. This is something I’ve done dozens of times during my career, through external candidates and I’ve been fortunate that I’ve never made a hire that I later regretted. However, I am naturally cautious by nature and would rather have a role open than filled with the wrong candidate.
Owing to a recent move to a larger organisation, I’ve now received my first internal transfer request from a colleague in a different team, to fill the position I have open.
As I’ve filled previous roles with external candidates, this is uncharted territory and therefore something I’m a little apprehensive about. I feel a degree of obligation to accept the internal candidate, possibly due to the awkwardness of saying “no” to someone I need to continue to work with, admittedly fairly distantly.
What are the potential pitfalls to avoid when considering an internal transfer against external hires? I don’t know how the internal candidate’s manager may respond and am concerned about making enemies in my new organisation. The candidate in question has taken the initiative in applying for this role I have open, but it may be viewed internally as pilfering talent!
Other than approaching the manager of the candidate for a discussion, are there any other diplomatic steps I should consider taking?
I am currently trying to determine how much of an existing precedent there is for internal transfers at my new organisation.