I am currently employed as a program manager within a city government agency. This is not a prospective employer but my current employer. Recently several employees, including my supervisor and myself, have been asked to re-apply for the jobs they currently hold. The positions have been posted publicly. I no longer enjoy this position due to poor management as well as several shifts and re-structuring that have occurred over the last year resulting in an increase in required late evenings. Work/life balance is nil. I have been given the responsibilities of two program managers and not compensated to the level either were paid. And yes I did ask.
Suffice it to say, I have began to explore alternative career options. I re-applied because a friend advised that if I did not, it could be stated that I did not try to maintain my employment if I filed for unemployment benefits.
I have been told that I will also have to re-interview for my position. At the first opportunity I will leave this position and I feel joy rather than dread at the prospect of someone else being hired. When this re-interview occurs, should I lie about my plans to find other employment if asked? The alternative may be that they "re-hire" me and I leave soon after leaving a gap where another applicant could have been hired instead.