Senior executives are always looking for ways to save time. So when an internal candidate applies for a job for which they are obviously not qualified, it can be tempting to skip scheduling an interview with them. It feels like a total waste of time.
That's a serious mistake.
Give your full and fair consideration to current employees. You're not "wasting an hour" on a mere courtesy. You're investing in their future productivity.
If you skip an internal candidate’s interview, or dismiss their qualifications out of hand, they might think you don’t value the work issue nearest and dearest to their heart — their own career.