Internal job interviews are a positive sign that you are doing well at your current role within the organisation.

An Internal job interview is when an individual interviews for an intra-organisational role. This new position could be a promotion or a lateral move.

Where most individuals tend to fail at internal interviews is that they take them for granted due to familiarity.

The candidate is not new to the company so they do not spend sufficient time researching and preparing as they will do for a role outside of the organisation.

Hereunder are 9 effective tips to implement if you have an internal job interview:

Discussion with immediate manager

Prior to applying for any roles within the business, ensure and have a discussion with your immediate manager.

If your immediate manager discovers that you are interviewing for other roles and you did not inform him/her then if you are not hired, it could potentially sour your current working relationship.

Research the company

Ensure that you are aware about the basic facts of the company. Being internal it is easy to assume that you have all the details of the company memorized.

Take some time and review the company website, social media pages and internal bulletins to ensure that you are aware of all current activities.

If there are issues pertinent to the business that arises during the interview and you are unable to answer, this could hurt your chances at future career opportunities.

Research the interview panel

If the interview request provides details of the name of the persons with whom the interview will be conducted, then research them in detail.

Use LinkedIn to get a feel of their professional history and background.

Also, preempt questions that you believe could align with their career history and the role. Ask around the office to find out more about the individuals.

Research the role

This one may be a no brainer but research the role to ensure that it is the move that you are looking for.

You need to ensure that the role aligns with your overall career plan and  career vision. Therefore try and get a thorough understanding of the requirements and what you are getting into.

If possible, try to get insight into the manager of the role. Your manager is a key person with whom you will need to work.

What do colleagues within the organisation say about this individual? Will you be able to grow and develop under the leadership of this individual?

In addition, speak with the person currently doing the role. You may be able to glean greater insight into if this role is the one that you should pursue.

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Prepare questions to ask the interviewing panel

At the end of every interview, the interviewer will ask if there are any questions that you will like to ask. Asking no questions may indicate a lack of interest and enthusiasm in the role and the company.

From your research, internal knowledge of the business and based on your career vision, be sure to ask questions on the areas that you need clarity. This will further prepare you in the event that you get a second interview.

There is a post on the blog on essential questions to ask a job interviewer which you may find helpful. Feel free to click the previous link to access.

Prepare, prepare and prepare

Individuals usually fail to prepare sufficiently for the internal interviews because they know the company and also the individuals on the interviewing panel.

Despite this, ensure that you dress properly, arrive on time, maintain eye contact, be professional and do things exactly as you would if the interview was external to the organisation.

Preparation is key to your success at every job interview.

Practice, practice and practice

A key factor in nailing your job interview is to practice. Therefore practice, practice and practice. You can do this in front of a mirror or with a friend or family member.

Alternatively, you may consider recording your responses. Actually hearing yourself respond to the questions can highlight areas in your answers that could be strengthened.

Recording yourself is helpful as well to gauge whether your tone of voice is professional and if it requires improvement.

Have a well-constructed response for why you want to leave your current role

This question will be one of the questions that the interview panel will ask you. Therefore, prepare and rehearse a response that will convince them of why you are leaving your current role.

Send Thank You Note/ Email

Sending a thank you email is your final opportunity to make a last impression with the interviewer. It also gives you an opportunity to re-state why you are an excellent candidate for the role.

Many individuals usually forget to send a thank you note or email so it’s an easy thing that you can do to make you stand out.

A thank you email has the greatest impact when your meeting is fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Therefore, make every effort to send this within 24 hours of the interview.

Hereunder is a sample thank you email that you can use after your internal interview.

Subject: Job Title (Interview on (insert date))
Dear (Mr./Ms. Last Name),

Thank you for the opportunity to discuss the role of (job title).

The information that you shared on the roll out of the new product line is intriguing. I believe with my current skills and experience in the business, I will be able to make an immediate contribution to this project.

I am passionate about growing and contributing more to the business as it expands into new ventures. This role will allow me to accomplish this.

I thank you for your kind consideration. Feel free to contact me should you require any further details or clarification.

I look forward to hearing from you soon on the next steps.
Yours faithfully,
Ms. Jane Doe
Phone Number
LinkedIn URL

There are other posts on the blog on job interviews. Feel free to click any of the following links below to explore:-

Job Interviews: How To Prepare If You Are Shy

How To Ace An Internal Job Interview

7 Red Flags That You Should Look For In A Job Interview

35 Important Things To Do Before, During And After A Job Interview

21 Top Tips and Tricks For Successful Job Interviews

How To Ace A Phone Interview

How To Ace A Skype Job Interview

11 Essential Questions To Ask A Job Interviewer

How To Pass A Written Job Interview

10 Job Interview Pitfalls That Job Seekers Must Avoid

5 Practical Factors You Should Consider When Travelling For A Job Interview

Final Thoughts

Congratulations on landing an internal interview. Trust that these tips above help you stand out among other candidates.

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