What I am struggling to understand is why an unqualified coworker was chosen for this job.

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Q: I was recently passed over for promotion for the second time. As a senior nurse, I have often filled in for our supervisor, so I have experience in that role. However, now that I’ve been turned down twice, it seems clear that I am never going to get a supervisory position.

What I am struggling to understand is why an unqualified coworker was chosen for this job. “Callie” not only has less experience, but also treats colleagues disrespectfully and generally has a negative attitude. Several other nurses have expressed disappointment that she is becoming our supervisor.

I also have concerns about the selection process. Callie had several peer interviews, but none of them included anyone who might oppose her. Our manager was aware of the complaints about Callie, but apparently decided to ignore them.

Should I raise questions about how this was handled?

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A: The key consideration is whether anything would be gained by sharing your concerns. If there were any hope of reversing the outcome, then it might be worth exploring how this decision was made. But if Callie’s promotion is a done deal, your protest could easily backfire and do more harm than good.

In terms of your career, the real issue is not why they chose Callie, but why they didn’t choose you. If the higher-ups feel you are not management material, you certainly deserve to know why. So instead of focusing on Callie’s shortcomings, ask what you could to increase your own chances of promotion.

Once you understand how you are currently viewed, perhaps you will be able to reshape those perceptions.

Submit questions to Marie G. McIntyre at yourofficecoach.com.