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Whether you are dealing with a company re-organization or simply desiring to move to a different department or job within your company, you should never underestimate the preparation necessary for an internal job interview. Considering most internal candidates have an advantage against external people applying for and interviewing for the same position, sometimes the pressure is much more palpable to those who are already employed within the company.

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According to Courtney Hughes, Senior Account Specialist (Cardio) at Eli Lilly, there are several strategic ways you can ensure a favorable outcome during an internal interview.

1) Be Overly Prepared.

Though you may feel a sense of comfort when interviewing with a company you are currently employed by, Courtney suggests that you “review the core competency model for the position” you are applying for to ensure you are completely prepared for the interview.

2) Contact People Within the Department.

You should contact people who are currently in the position you are seeking to inquire what they did to prepare themselves for their interview, provided you are not seeking to take their position.

3) Highlight Your Strengths.

Be certain to highlight your strengths that align with the specific position you are seeking.

4) Forward Past Performance Reviews.

Since you will be interviewing with a company that is already privy to your past performance reviews, it is beneficial to be upfront about any poor performance reviews from the past and own up to your mistakes. On the other hand, if your past performance reviews were excellent and they may assist in propelling you as a viable candidate for the position, you should definitely ensure that these beneficial reviews are forwarded to the hiring manager and are readily available from you during the interviewing process.

5) Be Specific When Answering Questions.

As you are already apprised with the corporate culture and requirements as an employee within the company, apply previously acquired knowledge from your current position within the company to assist in securing this newly sought after position. Be thorough on how you are an asset to the company and be specific with the work you have done.

6) Ask For the Job.

No explanation needed.

Rashida Maples, Esq. is Founder and Managing Partner of J. Maples & Associates ( She has practiced Entertainment, Real Estate and Small Business Law for 9 years, handling both transactional and litigation matters. Her clients include R&B Artists Bilal and Olivia, NFL Superstar Ray Lewis, Fashion Powerhouse Harlem’s Fashion Row and Hirschfeld Properties, LLC.

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