I have a question for you which I would appreciate your thoughts on. I have a presentation to make to an interview board followed by an interview tomorrow for a position which I am afraid I will not be seriously considered for. I am not being defeatist; it is just that I am fully aware who is earmarked for the job. I have, in fact, been told as much. I do, however, want to give a good account of myself, but I am finding it difficult to motivate myself. What do you recommend?
The internal job interview serves many purposes. The employer holds these interviews to assess the skills and experience of a current employee. It can be so much more than just a job interview, though. You might want to solicit opportunities to participate in an internal interview. Here's why you'll want to participate enthusiastically.
This is the most important thing you need to remember about an internal interview. Even if the position has someone else's name written all over it, organizations use these interviews in multiple ways - ways that you can take advantage of to further your career aspirations. You can use an internal job interview for career development.
Organizations interview current employees to become familiar with a range of employee skills and interests, in addition to selecting an employee for the current opening. Thus, the internal job interview is your opportunity to have an audience that wants to get to know you and potentially appreciate what you have to offer.
Even if you believe that you are not seriously being considered for the current job, the interview is your opportunity to shine for all of your future opportunities within your organization.
The internal interview is a terrific opportunity to display your talents, skills, interests, and potential to make contributions. Don't blow a wonderful opportunity to impress the interview team with your interest, talents, skills, passion, potential to contribute, and regard for your organization.
Don't think of the interview as your opportunity to obtain a position that you believe has already been tagged for another employee. Think of the interview as an opportunity to shine for your career. More opportunities will appear. If not, you can always target another employer; the job interviews you experience with your current employer will prepare you to shine for a potential new employer. Practice does make job interview comfort and efficacy improve.
And, just in case you're wrong about the employee that you think will receive the promotion, use the job interview as an opportunity to learn more about your organization and the interview team members, your colleagues. You can put your very best foot forward for your future in the internal job interview.
Is this motivating enough? I hope so. Good luck and best wishes. Don't mess up your time to shine, learn, and practice during your interview.