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Hiring managers: How many of you prefer external candidates? As an internal candidate, why is it so hard to get a reply or response? Please explain the disconnect between my expectations and reality

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Not sure about BAH specifically but usually it is an internal politics thing. One part of the firm essentially stealing an employee from another. I’m not saying this makes business sense but it is what it is.


I have external recruiters calling me weekly but can't even get a reply IM from internal hiring Managers. It seems needlessly hard to stay at BAH but very easy to leave and bommerang back. Is that preferred?


I can't speak to why you're not getting anything back from internal HMs, that was not my experience when I was there. Could just be HMs who are swamped, incompetent HMs, they're in a holding pattern on their end due to waiting on client/leadership direction, etc. Presuming you're a strong performer, on the flip side of the equation, there's a lot of natural and political resistance to letting you go to a different team. Depending on your skillset, performance, and chargability, the P+ in your admin chain would likely not want to let you go due to the difficulty of backfilling you and/or the hit to their headcount, managed revenue, and profitability metrics.


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