Expectation Setting For Inside Interviews Vs. Outside Interviews


The interview process differs from company to company, job to job, and person to person. It’s safe to say that no interview process is exactly the same. And for good reason, the process should be tailored to unveil which candidate is the best fit for the job both professionally and culturally.

Whether you are interviewing for a position at a new company or trying to get your foot in the door in a different department, you need to be prepared.

Here are a few tips to set your expectations for a job interview inside your company:

Treat internal interviews as if you’re interviewing for a new company. Just because you may know the hiring manager doesn’t mean you should lose your professionalism. Behave like you’re interviewing for a job outside your organization. Freshen up your resume, cover letter, dress appropriately, and bring in your updated career binder with project examples to prove your value.

The hiring manager’s goal is to find the best candidate. Regardless of whether it’s an internal employee or a new hire, it’s all about finding the person who will excel at the role. Don’t assume you’re the leading candidate simply because it’s an inside interview. Put your best foot forward and be sure to highlight ways you contribute to the company in the new role.

Inside interviews may focus more on situational questions. If you’re already working at the organization, there’s no need to review your background or why you want to work at the company. Inside interviews will have a steep focus on real work examples. You can expect questions like, “Tell me about X project. What was your role in the project? What went well? What’s one thing you would do differently if you could do it all over again?” Ace the interview with great examples using the STAR method.

Always send a follow up "thank you." No matter if you interview inside or outside the organization, always send a thank you note or email. It shows the hiring manager you’re excited and serious about the opportunity.

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Posted on June 25, 2019 .