Internal interviews can be uniquely intimidating. In most instances, your interviewer already knows you, so it can be somewhat difficult to put on your well-practiced interview persona. Additionally, your interviewer will likely ask you a different variety of questions than an initial hire interview, and if it’s your first time up for a promotion or a transfer, this may be a bit new to you.
But never fear — internal interviews can be easily mastered if you prepare well ahead of time. In many ways, your interview will be similar to others you’ve had before, but there are key differences that you must prepare for to be successful. Follow these tips to prepare for your upcoming internal interview.
1. Look at your resume.
Chances are, your resume is going to be much different from the one you submitted upon your initial hire. Be sure to look over your resume — both the current version and the older edition. Your interviewer will likely notice a change in your objective or career trajectory, and they’re going to want to know why you’re making the switch. If you haven’t looked at your old resume, you may be caught off guard by this question, so be sure to cover this important step. It may be helpful to identify why you want this new position, and use this knowledge to explain to your interviewer why you’re making a career change.
2. Have the right attitude.
Entering an interview with a professional attitude can be difficult if you’re friends with your interviewer, or if you already believe you’re a shoo-in for the position. No matter the circumstances, treat internal interviews as you would any other interview. Be professional, courteous, and take each question seriously. Be sure you take the time to ask questions about the position, even if you feel you know enough already.
3. Take inventory.
In the IT industry, technical skills are in high demand, but they shouldn’t be the only skills you take note of. As you prepare for your interview, create a list of both hard and soft skills that will help you in this new position. While explaining your skills, it may be helpful if you use examples from your current position. Tell your interviewer how these abilities have helped you in the past, and how you expect they will help you in the open position.
Given that your interviewer has a detailed knowledge of your professional history, they will likely ask more critical questions than a cold interview. Familiarize yourself with the requirements of the position and how your current role within the company can directly relate to these requirements. Be prepared to answer questions about your work history, as well as your motives for pursuing a new position. But most of all, be positive and professional and you’re sure to do well.