My current role is going away, but I'd like to stay at the company and the company would probably keep me if they could find a place for me. So I have spoken to a lot of colleagues who manage teams. A few are interested in making space for me, but nothing is certain yet.
Faced with this uncertainty, I've been sending out resumes and reaching out to my network regarding external opportunities. Some of those conversations are heating up: Phone screenings, onsite interviews. Etc.
If a reasonable internal role opened up, I'd take it. If reasonable internal and truly fantastic external opportunities both came up, I'd weigh them carefully. And if no internal role opened up, of course I'd take an external role.
Is it unethical to continue the external conversations, potentially wasting interviewers' time because of my preference for internal opportunities? Or should I push all the conversations to their utmost? Should I communicate about external opportunities with internal managers, in the hopes of creating some urgency?
I wish I'd taken a class in game theory.