If you decide to interview for another position at your company, how do you present yourself? Here's how to demonstrate skills that may not be visible on the surface to interviewers.
In my last blog, I wrote about whether you should tell your manager or co-workers that you're applying for a different position within your company. Another complication of applying internally is that your work reputation may precede you. That is, there is the distinct possibility that your current work perforamnce is already well-known by the person who will be doing the interviewing and hiring for the new position. And, of course, this could be good or bad.
It could be good if you have a great reputation at work, known for the depth of your knowledge and for getting things done. In that case, you don't have to work as hard in the interview. In some situations, you may have to explain how the skills you demonstrate in your current position will translate to the new job, but, on the whole, you have that proverbial foot in the door.
All may not be lost, however, if you don't have a sterling work reputation. There are instances in which a person may not be excelling in his current position due to it being a bad fit. You can explain this in an interview, taking special care not to place the blame on your current supervisor, even if he or she is responsible.TechRepublic member joe broadway offered this great advice in response to the first blog about internal interviews:
Even if you have a long established relationship with your interviewers, there are still lots of things that they might not know about you. Dealing with conflict, managing a situation/project/person without direct authority, and failure/learning from mistakes are all things that your current management team may have trusted you to do without direct knowledge or input. And they are definitely things that they will be interested in hearing about. Also, it's a great opportunity to demonstrate the little things that you've done: have you, off your own back, introduced a new change control process or convinced the department to adopt version control - even organising team drinks demonstrates that you are concerned about more than just doing the nine-to-five. These are things that your management team would have been grateful for, but might have forgotten amongst the larger projects. This is an opportunity for you to remind them just how much you've added to the team.
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.