So I’ve just received a call that an institution I’ve been doing consulting for wants to open up a position for me, (because everyone I’m working with over there is “extremely impressed” with my work, yay?). They asked if I’d like to work for them. The answer is yes, I’d like to work for them.
I actually interviewed with these guys a little over a year ago, and didn’t end up getting the job for whatever reason, but now they want me. And the guy who contacted me said he didn’t think I’d need to interview again, but that it was possible, depending on what his bosses said.
So if I do interview, inevitably they’re going to ask me why I want to work for them. I have a good answer for this. In paraphrase: “Because I think X is going to be centrally important in the future of our industry, and it’s important to get ‘doing X’ right, and you guys are on the forefront in that regard, and I want to help you guys continue to excel and improve in that area,” something like that.
But the move from my current position would really be a move “sideways” and, well, actually, a little bit downwards, and if there are people interviewing me they may wonder what that’s all about. And my actual reasons for doing this involve, on the one hand, knowing for sure that the place I work will continue to exist, and on the other hand, moving from a place where, when I do a good job, the people immediately around me know it but the decision-makers themselves are either too incompetent or too corrupt to care enough to recognize the fact and do anything about it in terms of giving me further meaningful responsibilities and (more importantly) resources with which to carry them out–to a place where (as I know because of the very reason they want to hire me) as I do a good job this will be recognized and people will do things to put me in places where my talents can be best used and where resources will be available for me to carry this out.
But of course I can’t say that exactly.
But what I am wondering is, whether it would be a bad idea to tack on something to my answer to the “why work for us?” spiel, to the effect of “also I’m looking for a position in which management recognizes and uses talent appropriately, and my experiences with you show me that your institution does this well.” Something like that.
Well now that I wrote it down it looks a little arrogant, but anyway:
My concern is: they may be wondering why I’m willing to take a step slightly downwards from where I am, so
My question is: Can I say something that explains this and assuages any concern there may be because of it? And if so, is what I proposed a good thing to say? And finally:
Am I concerned over nothing?