Originally posted by Rustyhammer
I think a lot of times the one getting chosen is decided BEFORE the job is even posted. But the hiring powers need to go through the motions.
Sometimes, that is true. But in my experience, it is only partly true most of the time -- and that's not always a bad thing. People in the business of hiring are usually "on-the-lookout" for promising candidates for future new hires. They also may know ahead of time when their current employees will be leaving -- so they are already evaluating the potential replacements even before the job is posted. That's only natural and not necessarily an indication of any sinister or discriminatory. Good leaders know who the "up and coming" talented people are within their organization.
People interested in getting a promotion or any other job with a competitive application process would be well-advised to exhibit the behaviors desired by those who do the hiring on a daily basis -- and not wait until jobs are posted to suddenly taking a serious interest in their careers or in how they are perceived by the leadership team. In an in-house promotion or position change, the leadership team's overall impression of your general abilities and behaviors on the average workday usually counts for more than any single thing you might write on your resume or say in an interview.
Other times, the outcome of a competitive hiring process surprises everyone -- even the person who made the final decision. Sometimes, candidates shine during the process in ways that you did not expect. I've seen that happen many times, too.