Another week passed by. One day Jane came over to my desk and asked me to come with her to the interview room. My heart went aflutter as I imagined receiving a $15,000 bump in pay. She closed the door and somberly sat down. She told me that my interview went really well and that I had come a long way since starting there almost five years prior. From my experience in business communications, I knew she was preparing me for the "You're doing a great job, keep it up. Oh and by the way, you didn't get the job."
I was right. She said, "You did not get the position. Your co-worker, 'K,' received the position."
I was floored. Here I thought I had the position, and like nothing, it was gone. K was known to be technically inept -- and to be romantically involved with our director.
Long story short, I found out that the reason they wanted me not to withdraw my application was because there was only one other applicant who met the minimum requirements: K. If I withdrew, they would have had to wait until at least two eligible applicants were available, thereby leaving the position open longer than they wanted. They had sweet-talked me into keeping my application in the running so that they could fill the position.
I had been used. But it turned out well: I left the help desk to become a network technician shortly after and left the company two months later for a much better job.
I learned never to count on something before it occurs and that no one is above dirty tricks to get what they want careerwise.