How to Prepare for an internal Job Interview

It is common for people to think of applying for a job in another company to grow career wise; however, few think of applying for jobs in the company where they work from. It could be because they don’t want to make their bosses feel insecure in their jobs, while other times, some feel it is better to change the environment they are working in completely. A new role deserves a new company, so they say.

However, working your way up in a company is a great opportunity for you to master to skills, as well as grant you a better opportunity to grow your career. Think of it this way, if you are a CEO of a company but started as an errand boy or girl, it will be easy for you to run the company because you are more compassionate about the current errand boy or girl! Your employer knows that if someone within the company is groomed into a position, it will save them lots of time and money which could be spent advertising for a job, interviewing and thereafter hiring to fill the post. Therefore you are at an advantage when applying for a job within the company you are currently working from.

Inspite of being known by every individual on the interviewing panel, you need to be prepared for the job you are going to interview for. Therefore take time to study your new job role and become well acquainted with its requirements, in simple terms, position yourself. Make sure you are the right fit, your company is hoping you take on the role such that they do not need to spend time and money looking for a more suitable person, so you have an advantage there.

Being known can be a disadvantage too, the interview panel may know a little too much about you so be prepared to answer some hard questions and face criticism, especially if the panel has someone who does not like you. Put on your shock absorbers such that you don’t say the wrong thing, accept your mistakes, show how you have outgrown a certain trait, and if not, how you intend to overcome it. This will put you in the right books with other interviewers.

Expect to answer some of the following questions

  • How would you spend your first days in this new role?
  • What don’t you like about your current job?
  • If you don’t get this promotion, what next do you plan to do?
  • Why do you want a change of roles?
  • What makes you stand out from other candidates?

They may sound easy to answer questions but remember, you are asking for a job in the same company, be careful what you say and how you answer because you might end up losing both your current job and the one you had hoped to get. Be honest but careful at the same time.

Maintain a high level of professionalism; just because you see these people every day, talk to them, have some of them as friends, does not mean they sit before you in those capacities. At that moment, they are your bosses, potential employers, so be professional in you dressing, in your talk and even in your jokes. Try to stay calm and not pester them after the interview to tell you if you got the job or not, allow the company to run through its normal system and give you the feedback you need when the time is right. Do not be a nagger.

All in all, an internal interview is a great way to spread your wings in an environment you know a thing or two about.

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