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BLUF: [b]For internal interviews, do you do anything differently? & if so, what?[/b]

Hi all,

Some extended background… I have just completed a 2-year leadership graduate program where I spend 3 eight-month rotations working for different divisions in different functions. I completed the program 3 weeks ago & returned to my first rotation into a very different job within the same team, where I have very limited technical knowledge.

Last week, the team lead announced she is pregnant. Which is great news for her. She will be taking maturity leave for about 10 months in January. So that leaves a vacant temporary team lead position to be filled.

The group manager (I previously reported to him in my first rotation) asked me if I am applying for the position. He mentioned that it was expected from me by a number of the management team. My initial reactions (rightly or wrongly) was some uncertain. I have changed jobs every 8 months for the last 2 years & am suffering from “new job fatigue”. This is essentially my fourth job in that time period (in the same company). Starting this current position, my personal objective was to truly master this role & now there is talk that I should apply for the team lead, (but no guarantees of anything obviously).

So I am still in the process of deciding if I should apply for this position yet. The position has yet to be advertised internally. So I have about 2 weeks to consider my options. In the mean time, I will prepare for the interview process regardless. There's no harm in being prepared.

I am currently listening to the interview series of pod casts & putting together a game plan.
[b]So is there anything different / extra I need to do for an internal interview process?[/b]
From a quick search of previous topics, I will be dressing up for the interview.

Thank you for taking you time to read this. & I appreciate any feedback on this.

jhack's picture

Not really. Treat it as you would any other interview. I can think of one exception ...

You should talk to your mentor (if you have one) or someone else about whether this move makes sense for you. I assume your current manager knows you're throwing your hat in the ring? What does s/he think about it?

So be ready to ask questions that will elicit how this role will help you grow in your career. The questions shouldn't be specifically about you, but you have enough inside info to really understand if this is a move forward, sideways, or into an alley....

Don't forget to close.

John

HMac's picture

[quote="martinoriordan"]
[b]So is there anything different / extra I need to do for an internal interview process?[/b]
[/quote]

No. Avoid the temptation to cut corners with some sort of [i]"...but they already know me..."[/i] rationale.

Use this mindset: Imagine that one of your competitors for the job is using the M-T interview series.

-Hugh

bflynn's picture

This thread might contain some useful information: [url]http://www.manager-tools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3188[/url]
Also: [url]http://www.manager-tools.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1847[/url]

Basic advice - nothing different.

Brian

martinoriordan's picture

Hi all,

Thank you for the advice. I am working through the podcasts & making my game plan. No short cuts planned.

[quote="jhack"]You should talk to your mentor (if you have one) or someone else about whether this move makes sense for you. [/quote]
I had a chat with my mentor regarding this. He was pushing me strongly to apply. It would be a very good career move for me at this stage.

[quote="jhack"] I assume your current manager knows you're throwing your hat in the ring? What does s/he think about it? [/quote]
Before she made the announcement (she was taking maternity leave), in our last one-on-one she quizzed me about my career ambitions. I focused very much on the job I am doing now & hitting the numbers. I have only been in the job 3 weeks now.

asteriskrntt1's picture

Hi Martin

You are getting some excellent advice here. I would add that the group manager wasn't asking so much as telling you to apply. The same with the team leader.

*RNTT