7 tips for applying for an internal job

11 Dec 2013
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Reference: Lifehacker; Wall Street Journal

More companies, these days, are opting to recruit from within their own organisation rather than hiring externally. 

This fact coupled with your knowledge, experience and track record at the organisation may lull you into a false sense of security with regard to the effort you need to put in.

The truth is you need to put as much, if not more work into applying for an internal job.

Here are some tips to consider:

1. Thoroughly research the role. It is more difficult to back out of the process if you decide it’s not actually what you want and it’s a waste of everyone’s time. A lack of research could reflect badly on you within the company too. Talk informally to the hiring manager and to potential colleagues, but be aware they could be applying for the role too.

2. Tell your current boss and co-workers that you’re applying. It’s better that they hear it from you rather than HR and they may put in a good word for you. If you’re worried that your boss may react unfavourably, talk to your potential hiring manager about how to handle it first.

3. Write a great cover letter. Even if they know you quite well, this is an opportunity to provide some specific details of relevant experience in a way that demonstrates your professionalism.

4. Know your reputation. It is important that you know how you’re going to deal with preconceptions about you – good and not so good. Make sure you truly understand your own strengths and weaknesses.

5. Treat the interview process exactly as you would for an external job application. Research the panel/interviewer (even if you know them); dress appropriately and prepare pertinent questions. 

6. Be enthusiastic. Assume the interviewer has no idea why you want the job. Make sure you explain why it is important to you and show your enthusiasm for the role.

7. Sell yourself. Make sure they know why you are suited to the role, talk about your skills and provide them with evidence of your achievements

6. What will you do if you don’t get the job? Know how you’re going to answer that question in the interview – emphasise your commitment to the company and current role, but don’t be afraid to share your longer term goals and objectives. In practice, if you don’t get the job , don’t take it personally, but do find out why you didn’t get it.

7. Keep trying. If you are really interested in the job, keep talking to the hiring managers, ask about what you need to do for next time and stay on their radar.

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