You recently heard of a job opening inside the company you work for, you are interested in it but are not sure how to approach and make an application?
Do have in mind that job interviews for internal workers are often more difficult than interviews to external applicants. The reason is because the HR Manager usually expects more from internal candidates in terms of company/product knowledge, corporate philosophy and the new job’s responsibilities.
We highly suggest not to take a recruiting process application inside your company too lightly or think that just because you are there and “they have seen you” the position is already yours.
Follow these 7 tips that will make you look good in your internal interview and increase the possibilities of landing that new position within the same workplace.
- Take the interview process seriously. Prepare for your internal job interview just like you would for an external interview.
- Speak to employees who are already in the job you want. Get as much insight as you can from them like: what they think about the job, the good aspects and the challenges faced in the position, what they believe it takes to be successful in the job, any advice they may have for you for the interview process.
- Meet with the HR representative responsible for the department you want to work in. Let the person know which position you want, and discuss the job’s responsibilities and requirements, your background (knowledge, experience, skills, and education), and your “fit” for the position. Tell the HR person that you’d like to apply for the position and ask for his or her feedback and thoughts on whether they believe you could be a successful candidate.
- Let your manager know if you decide to apply for the open position. It’s always best to be honest with your current boss and let him or her know that you’re applying for another job and the reasons why.
- Gain the support of your current manager. The best possible sponsor/reference you could have is your current boss, so solicit their support to obtain the job you want. And don’t forget to let him or her know how much you’ve appreciated working for them.
- Introduce yourself to the hiring manager. Take a hard copy of your resume to the hiring manager and introduce yourself in person after you’ve submitted it online. Let them know you’ve just applied online for the open position (state the job title) and that you also wanted to drop off your resume in person so they would be able to put a face with the name on the resume. Then hand the hiring manager your resume and let them know you’re looking forward to speaking with them during the interview process.
- Make yourself stand out, after the job interview is over. Write a customized thank you note to the hiring manager after your interview. If you get the job, be sure to thank everyone who helped, especially your current boss.