should I tell my boss I'm interviewing internally?

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I'll be interviewing for an equity position internally and I'm currently in fixed income at a $50-100 billion aum firm. Apparently there's an hr policy which says I'm supposed to tell my manager I'm interviewing for an internal position before the interview, but I doubt any one would notice if I didn't.

Should I tell my boss? A more senior contact told me I should tell him my boss I'd like to switch departments (even before this new job became available). Interested to hear any thoughts.

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Mar 23, 2016

If you don't, you can kiss the position goodbye. There's no way they'll respond positively to a blatant disregard for policy like that.

Mar 23, 2016

Always be upfront and honest, rule #1

Mar 23, 2016

There's no way they'd ever want to hear your current boss' opinion about you. Obviously having the right conversation with your boss, where he'd be willing to go to bat for you, would also do you a disservice... Talk to him, it'll probably help you land the position.

Mar 23, 2016

First off, since its firm policy to disclose any internal interviews with your manager, you should definitely tell him. Second, if you have a good relationship with your boss, having him in your corner would only help you

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Mar 23, 2016

This is more of a gray area in certain circumstances, but if it is your firm's policy to disclose, then why the hell are you even asking?

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Mar 23, 2016

I think it depends on your relationship with your boss and the type of person he is. He might feel that you're a traitor for leaving to equities and if you don't get the new position, he will treat you worse going forward.
I think that you should you should tell him when you have more confidence that you will be able to move. Your firm policy might say to notify your boss but it might not indicate when you should do so.

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Mar 23, 2016

Sounds like you don't want to have an uncomfortable conversation with your boss. Better to get it out of the way now than after he finds out from someone else.

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Mar 23, 2016

Have the conversation, or atleast shoot them an email. It's not as scary as you think. I went through the same exact thing within a BB. As long as you continue to pull your weight during the interview process and don't show signs of diminishing value, then you'll be fine. Make sure to let your current superior know that you are happy where you are, but an opportunity presented itself and you'd like to explore it. If he/she does not wish you the best, then they are not someone you want to be working for long anyways. Best of luck.

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Mar 23, 2016

Keep in mind, the first person that the hiring manager will talk to if this is an internal role, is your boss.

Mar 23, 2016

There are no thoughts, discussions or other opinions. Go talk to your boss, let him know you are interested in the opportunity and plan to apply. Imagine what will happen when your boss gets blindsided by someone calling to get an opinion on you? That's a quick way to torpedo the opportunity before it even starts. At the very least, it looks awful to go around him like that if you end up staying and not getting the job.

I'd evaluate your relationship with your boss if you have to ask about discussing that with him.

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Mar 23, 2016

Yes you should.

Mar 23, 2016

Tell him no matter what his opinion of you.

My guiding principle in business is very simple: it is always about the people you work with. Sure money matters a lot, and the type of work matters too. But with all things somewhat equal, you should with the best people.

If your boss likes you: if he could to bat for you (more likely), or he could try to keep you in (which is not bad since that would give you some leverage to dictate your work)

If he hates you: you are probably helping him getting rid of you, and he might forget about his misery soon anyway. And, if that's the case, you know you shelf life in the company was already limited.

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Mar 23, 2016
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