Job interviews have so many facets. There is so much thought, preparation and practice that goes into them. However, often times people make so many oversights going into interviews, especially when interviewing internally for another position within the company you currently work for.
So often I see people look over how serious it is. There are a couple things that you should know about when preparing for an internal interview.
1) Take it seriously
There is actually more pressure and expectations being set for a candidate that is internal. Sure, it might seem like the perfect fit for you to just move right into the new role as opposed to hiring externally, however, the quickest way to put a sour taste in your boss's mouth is to not take it seriously. The jokes, the poor posture and body language, the lack of thoughtful answers: it is not good and makes it look like you don’t care. It shows a cockiness that is a real turn off and it also potentially points to a lack of hard work and drive in the upcoming position. The lack of preparation and sincerity could potentially mean there is a question over the drive and vigor you would have.
2) Show your passions early
Make your career passions known. Bosses should know if you have intentions of moving up in the company and where your interests lie. It is so perplexing when a new position opens up and suddenly an associate shows interest that either lacked the drive to begin with or has never made intentions known. So if you think you might want to explore options with the company, communicate that with your manager. Ask about different career paths, align your focus and prepare yourself with the manager about what steps you need to take to get in the next position.
3) Be prepared
You should be the expert on the position, especially coming from an internal advantage. So read up about the position. Know the roles and responsibilities. Be able to articulate why you are the most qualified candidate for this position. Know your strengths and weaknesses and be honest. Your boss knows you best so they want you to be forthright. Ask questions. Be yourself. Show initiative, show passion, and show effort. Above all, show effort.
It’s definitely easy to think you have the job in the bag if you have been working for the company for awhile. But, you need to go in to the interview with the confidence that you have prepared, practiced and have already shown them what you can do!