I know that in every corporation, politics exists. I just wonder why we even bother to hide it.
One of the things that happens often at the business I work in is this: a position opens up, the person in charge of filling that position knows exactly who they want, everyone involved in the process wants that person too, a posting for the position goes up, several people apply, three get an interview, the person who everybody thought was going to get it does get it, one of the other two candidates are perfect for the vacated spot, but they have to go through the interview process again for the vacated spot.
Waste of time? Absolutely.
Just put the first person in the open position and interview for the position that is vacated. Time saved? Absolutely.
I understand that "technically", we have to post for the open position. And "technically", we have to grant interviews. And "technically", we have to do what is fair.
But "technically", aren't we trying to save money and not waste it? Absolutely.