That’s a weird one. Recently I’ve applied for some summer internships along with my good friend, who shares similar expertise.
There was one company we would particularly love to work for. As the job descriptions on the website was pretty vague, we’ve sent our resumes to more than one offer as they all might have been interesting for us.
After the preliminary interview it was clear that I was more attracted to position A, while my friend was better suited for position B. We have been both invited to the second step, technical screening also for both positions.
(Please take a note that the company is situated in the different country and all communication has taken place through email/Skype.)
As questions given to me and my friend were almost identical, after the interviews we talked and it was clear that I've done better in talk regarding project A and my friend did better for project B.
Today we’ve just got an email, that we are both accepted, but for the opposite offers!
At any point we didn’t say we know each other - it could’ve only been deducted from our CVs (and I informed the recruiter that there are some people I know who are applying as well).
Question is: Is there any acceptable way to suggest/ask why not the other way round?
Disclaimer: I’m aware that:
- We should be happy that we got the jobs after all.
- Asking such questions can lead to very awkward situations and none of us getting the position.
- I should not be challenging their decisions.
- If I apply for a job, I should be willing to accept it.
- Mentioning a friend can seem unprofessional.
But it’s just hard for my engineer mind to accept so easily the sub-optimal solution, where two people get their 2nd choices.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience.