I used to work for 8 years in a global telecom, where I was slowly but steadily climbing the corporate ladder. I started 8 years ago as a support agent, became a team leader, Acting Manager, Manager, Senior Manager, and then advisor to the VP ( my official title was still Senior Manager). I left the company due to personal reasons a year ago and now I am ready to go back. During all the time I have spent in this company I have built an excellent reputation, I always exceeded my goals, I always had excellent performance reviews, the entire senior management team of the company loved working with me, as well as peers and employees liked me. So when I called my last boss and asked him if he can support me to get back to work in this company and he was more than happy to help me.
One of the issues, however, is that my position is not available anymore. There are two positions - one for Manager ( which might be a step back for me) and one for Director ( which is a step forward for me) - both in a different department than the one I have left. The other issue is that the hiring manager is someone I have never worked with ( he joined the company after I left).
Thanks to the very positive feedback from both my last boss and the rest of the senior management team (including his boss) and the HR team he has scheduled a short 30-minute interview for me to decide which position suits me better. So in 30 minutes, I have to convince him:
1. That I am right for the job in general and
2. That I am a good fit for the Director's role.
I have seen a job description only for the Director's role and I was told both are similar with small exceptions, which the hiring manager will explain in the interview. Also, I was told that only the Manager's position is available in my location, the Director's one is not even for my country, but if I manage to convince them I am a good fit for it they may change that as the entire company works remotely at the moment.
So, please help me with advice on how to prepare so I get the Director's role.
P.S. My education, qualifications, and experience cover the requirements for both positions.
Thanks in advance!
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