It’s normal for employees to feel comfortable during internal interviews since they’re familiar with the company. However, it is important to let your interviewer know your contributions to the company.
Here are some tips to consider:
Don’t assume you’re getting the job. A lot of internal candidates have missed out on promotions just because they were expecting the job. It is important not to fall into this trap, even if you think the interview is just a formality.
Still prepare. Think of it as the same interview you would be having in another company. Just because you’re working for the company doesn’t mean that you will be given easier questions. Spend enough time in preparing to talk about your skills and experience to convince them that you are fit for the job.
Highlight the reasons why you would excel in the new position. Organize your thoughts about internal matters, including the company’s operations and applicable departments’ current challenges.
Don’t assume that people are aware of your contributions. It is wrong to think that the interviewers or other employees know your contributions to the company. In some cases, the interviewer might have forgotten, or overlooked details of your work.
Use the right tone. The tone used for external and internal interviews is different. Since the people interviewing you are your co-workers, it’s okay to use the same conversational tone you use when you’re working with them on a project.
Realize that some hiring norms are different with internal interviews. You should still prepare for the interview, no matter how familiar you are with the company’s culture.
Before applying for the job, make sure that you want it if it is offered to you. Find out as much as you can about the job even if it’s within your current company.