I have been with my company 15 years, have received many awards and certifications in our field. I also began doing management training and filling in for previous managers in their time off.
A new employee was hired and within 2 months became 'unofficial' team lead. This new person has very little prior experience and we (the other team members and I) are continually needing to help her at her job. I saw her resume and she also has no management experience.
Last month our manager posted the team lead position and asked each of us personally to apply. During the interview I asked about the 'unofficial' team lead and he said he felt it needed to be someone with more technical knowledge (which made sense so I was happy about that). The manager also told me in the interview that he felt I answered all his questions correct, that I am more than qualified and he hopes I am leaving the interview feeling positive about it.
However, after all interviews were completed he announced the 'unofficial' person had it. We are sure this was a 'going through the process' scenario and it has really had a moral downturn for the entire team.
Are there any options I have? It feels unfair to have interviewed for a position I was not going to get. I am considering a visit to HR because this position came with a significant grade and pay increase.