The key to a successful interview lies in the preparation, so it's worth doing your homework before the event.
- Research the department
- Think of a few questions you would like to ask the interviewer.
- Dress appropriately; it is a good idea to don smart business wear for the day of your internal interview.
- Read through your CV and application letter and take additional copies with you.
At the interview
- Turn up on time - ideally arrive slightly early.
- Make the most of your research - try and draw conclusions and understand what type of work is done in the team.
- Be aware of your body language, for example don't fold your arms in the interview - it appears negative & might give the impression that you are not interested.
- Maintain good eye contact with all of the interviewers not just the person asking the questions
- Make sure you talk to everyone if there is more then one interviewer.
- When asked a question, speak clearly & answer in detail but don't waffle!
- Be enthusiastic & motivated about the role - this can be done by demonstrating your knowledge of the role or department
- Sell yourself! Show yourself in a good light without appearing boastful & demonstrate your aptitude for the role without showing off.
- If you don't know something or lack experience in a given area, admit it but show that you are keen to learn new skills.
- Be late
- Criticise current or previous managers or team mates
- Interrupt the interviewers.
- Get distracted - focus on the conversation.
- Ask questions about money, this should be covered prior to you being interviewed.
- Assume the role is yours. You will not know how the competition fair in their interview.