You weren’t rejected, you were redirected

Applied for an internal position. I aced the interview but still got rejected even though I was the top candidate. I later learned the person hired was a friend of my boss. I got tired of the office politics and started applying to other companies, and within 3 months I got a much better job. My old boss asked me to come back for the same promotion. I told him thanks but no thanks. Lessons learned: 1. You can be the best candidate and still not get selected. 2. If…