The Internal Hire

Image   Twice now I’ve had multiple interviews for a promising position, only to be told in the end that the position was filled by an internal candidate.  I find this curious.  I thought that the usual process when one intends to hire internally was just a cursory look for external candidates (if at all) to satisfy expectations that internal candidates are reasonably qualified compared to the general labor pool.

Has the process changed so that one is required to drag one or more external candidates along for the ride before justifying an internal hire?   Is the “we hired internally” explanation a convenient white lie for something else?  Or am I just not performing up to snuff in interviews?

I’d love to hear – is this happening to other job seekers?