Preparing for the Scary Internal Interview

Internal interviews can be scary, even if you’ve worked for the same company for years. After all, you don’t want to upset your current supervisor or fellow workers. Luckily, there are ways to sufficiently prepare for an internal interview without the fear of ruining your reputation within the company. Try implementing the following tips during your interview.

Research the Position You Are Applying For

Whether you are applying for a new job or a different job within the same company, you need to do your homework prior to the interview. Avoid assuming you have an advantage over other candidates just because you work for the company (this is a huge mistake). Take time and research the job you are applying for and the department you will be working in. If you can’t find the information you need online, simply contact the department head or a human resource professional.

Prepare to Answer Common Questions

As with any interview, you will be asked a plethora of questions, and it helps if you know what to expect. Simply put, be prepared to answer the following questions during your internal interview:

  • Why are you interested in leaving your current position?
  • What other roles have you worked in?
  • Why are you the best candidate for this job?
  • Will you stay with the company if you do not get this job?

The final question sounds a bit scary, but it is meant to gauge how badly you want the job. If you intend to stay with the company, say yes. However, if you intend to leave, it may be a good idea to give adequate notice.

Discuss Your Accomplishments

During an internal interview, discuss your major accomplishments. The person interviewing you may not have knowledge about your particular department, so explain how you contribute to the overall success of the company. When discussing accomplishments, be as specific as possible and avoid making other workers or your supervisor look bad.

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