I have recently come back into the job market. I'm an Engineer with focus in a rather niche area of Electronics Engineering.
I applied for a position A, online, at an organization XYZ a few days ago. I didn't get a response for quite a while. This is normal. In my experience a lot of organizations don't call the candidates that didn't make the shortlist to let them know, and I thought that was what happened here.
A few days later, I visited a job fair and happened to meet an HR Manager from the same organization XYZ. I had a nice chat with them and handed them a copy of my resume. Less than a week later, I was contacted by a person Q from XYZ regarding a different position B. We talked and set a date for the interview for the position B.
The very next day, a person P from XYZ approached me regarding the position A I had originally applied for, online. I have yet to respond to them. But I'm planning on doing it.
I have a situation where P and Q don't know that I'm in touch with the other regarding different positions.
- Both A and B are in slightly different areas and I have equal affinity towards both of them. I can't choose between them.
- Compensation for neither of these has been discussed. So I cannot compare based on that, either.
- At this point in time, I'm no more confident about getting either of these as compared to the other as they're both in the initial phase of the process. Had one been further along, I would have picked that one.
Now, the question isn't which one I should pick - because that would be a ridiculous question to ask with the information I've provided. The question is, should I tell either of P and Q about B or A?
I'm afraid that if I pick one and tell the other one that I'm trying for another position in their organization, I may not get the first position in the end, and by the time that happens, the second position may be filled, too.
If I let both of them know about the other one, again, I may get neither of them because both of them may think: "Hmm... The other person is already pursuing my candidate. I best look at the other candidates available to me."
If I don't let any of them know, they're bound to find out quite soon (because both of them will eventually go through the HR department at XYZ) and I feel that comes across as dodgy behaviour, instead of ambition. (I myself am not sure if it's just ambition or genuine, immoral attitude.)
What would be the best approach for me to take among the above mentioned three... Is there a more suitable approach other than the above three, that I should be considering here?