Ace The In-House Job Interview
If you’re applying for a new position with your current employer, it’s important to know that an in-house job interview requires a different approach from a regular one. While you might feel more confident because you know the company, don’t make the mistake of becoming complacent. Instead, use your knowledge of the organization to present yourself as the best candidate for the position. Keep the following tips in mind:
- Consult with your current supervisor. He or she will find out about your job application sooner or later. Being transparent now can go a long way to maintaining good relations—and that’s essential to your continued success with the company, regardless of whether you get the job or not. Ask your supervisor for his or her objective opinion regarding your fit for the role, and be prepared to give some serious consideration to any constructive criticism offered.
- Research the job. As an employee, you have an advantage over external candidates because you have access to more information than merely the job description. Talk to HR to find out what qualities and skills the ideal candidate would possess. If possible, talk to other employees to find out more about the role and its responsibilities.
- Research your company. In her article titled “Internal Job Interview Questions” for The Balance, Alison Doyle advises reviewing your company’s website, press releases, and newsletters to ensure you’re up to date on the organizational mission and operational goals. Research reports, presentations, and other internal resources to gain a clear overview of the opportunities and challenges currently facing the company.
- Be able to explain why you’re the best candidate for this position. You need to convince the hiring manager that your skills, experience, and expert understanding of the company make you uniquely qualified for the role. Quantify your accomplishments, and build on them to describe how you’d use your abilities to take advantage of opportunities, overcome challenges, and ultimately add value to the company in the new role.
- Be positive. Never be negative about your current job, coworkers, or supervisor. Provide positive reasons for applying for the new position, such as a desire to challenge yourself or acquire new skills.
One final piece of advice: always adhere to job interview etiquette. Dress appropriately, be on time, and turn off your phone. Don’t interrupt the hiring manager, and behave as you would in any other important business meeting—because after all, this interview could be one of the most important meetings of your professional life!