The Job Promotion Interview

You've already secured the job position. Months or years have passed and you think that it's time for you to move up. Not a lot of attention is given to the interview process for internal interviews, and it is absolutely worth knowing, especially if the move is a big one. Use these tips on interviewing for a job promotion and you should find yourself sitting pretty in that corner office you've always wanted.

Here are some tips that will be discussed in more detail farther down the page:

  • Keep a record of the successes and failures you've had at your job.
  • Be who your boss wants you to be. Be adaptable!
  • Research your new positions and brainstorm ideas for improvement in the company.
  • Be prepared for situational questions.
  • Emphasize your strengths over other candidates.

Actually, the interview process for a job promotion started from day one. You've been watched by your supervisors and they are the ones who most likely suggested you for this new job. This can be either a good or a bad thing.

The good part is that if they suggested you, they must have given you some praise. The bad part is that they also were watching when you made mistakes. This is why it may be a good idea to keep a record of all the successes and failures that you make in your job in order to be able to access that information readily in a job promotion interview.

Also keep in mind that no matter how fair you think your boss is, he or she will always be more inclined to pick someone that meets the expectations they have in their mind. Try to find out the kind of people they work best with at work, and tailor your interview to that mind set.

There are a few things that make interviewing for a job promotion different from a regular 'off-the-street' interview. For one, your greeting at the start of the interview may be a bit more informal. You've presumably spent countless hours working with your boss and you hopefully have a solid relationship. This does not mean, however, that you can treat them like a friend. You are still being interviewed and you still must act professional.

One thing you can do to get ahead of your competition is research. Research can be a deciding factor in whether you get the position. Dig around for information about the company, specifically subjects relating to your upcoming job. Formulate ideas about how to improve those areas; this will impress your boss and make you outshine the rest of the candidates.

If you are being interviewed for a managerial position, you should emphasize your organization and time management skills, giving plenty of examples. Your boss should be aware of these things anyway, but be aware that he or she may ask anyway. Also, make sure that you are on good terms with those already on the management staff.

Be prepared for situational questions, such as, 'The deadline for the project is in two days. You are working with three people under you and two of them are not pulling their weight. What do you do?' These types of questions are becoming more common in interviews, and they are especially appropriate for job promotion interviews.

When interviewing for a job promotion, the most important topic you'll want to talk about is how you differ from the other candidates for the promotion. Make yourself look good without seeming overconfident and focus on what you will bring to the table if you are hired. And please, use common sense and don't make jokes about other people you work with. You never know who is a friend with whom. Office politics play a big role in interviews; be nice to your coworkers, and you won't have anything to worry about.

Good luck and happy interviewing!