In the company I'm currently working at, there is a new opening for a project manager position. I've been here for two long years working in a more technical role (software configuration manager), although I also got a masters degree in PM and got certified as PMP in past June.
Everyone working here was invited to participate for this position, in case of being interested, by submitting an email to the management. I was happy to participate and to have my chance to shine here with the knowledge and experience I hard earned in the past two years.
The bummer appeared when today I was informed in Thursday I shall participate for an extreme situational scenario evaluation for two external candidates invited to participate in the PM selection process.
I became disappointed because I know external candidates could also have more advantages as they surely will be older and more experimented (I'm 28) and willing to work here. In fact, I know that one of the managers, recommended one of the candidates, personally!
Internally, I knew only of two other fully competent guys I was going to go through this selection. Now I'm uncomfortable of the news, even although I'm fully aware of my previous qualifications and the fact I have a solid leadership figure here, so the internal knowledge I have and previous qualifications could give me an edge in the selection process.
Today in the evening, I rejected to be part of the scenario for the external candidates, as obviously I have conflict of interests.
I understand that this is the kind of situation for which one must be prepared to face.
How can I take advantage of my current position and play my strengths in my favor so that I can have a chance of landing this position?