Ace A Job Promotion Interview

A job promotion interview is different from a job interview in the sense that the interviewer knows you in and out. The very fact that you have been short-listed for the interview suggests that you are one of the candidates who they think is worthy of the position.

So how do you get the job promotion over the others who are also being interviewed? Here are a few good points to remember.

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A job promotion interview is different from a job interview in the sense that the interviewer knows you in and out. The very fact that you have been short-listed for the interview suggests that you are one of the candidates who they think is worthy of the position.

So how do you get the job promotion over the others who are also being interviewed? Here are a few good points to remember.

Interview Tips

  1. Be prepared – Not only should you know everything about your current position but you should also know everything about the position you are being interviewed for. Try to know everything possible about the company, including its history.
  2. Be formal - You have made good relations at your current company for many years and the people interviewing you are your pals. But that does not mean you can go and sit on the table and act all casual with your friends. A job promotion interview is a serious business interview and you are competing with others for a job promotion. Make sure to keep your friends focused on the interview too. Derailing from the conversation might prevent you from making your point.
  3. Be composed – In a job promotion interview, the interviewer, who knows your work intimately, may bring up some of the previous job mistakes. Do not unnecessarily try to defend it. Instead try to convince them that you have learned from it and have improved because of it. Try not to argue and continue stating your case.
  4. Think outside of the box, think different - In all probability, people interviewing you have been conducting interviews over the years and are bored of hearing the same answers to the same questions. This is especially true if there are many people being interviewed for the job promotion. So try to be original in your ideas and replies. Bring up company projects, in which you were involved, that may have met this requirement.
  5. Avoid clichés and be honest – The usual clichés like, “it sounds challenging” or “with hard work I can do it”; in a job promotion interview will sound phony if you do not provide situations and examples that can showcase your ability to handle problems.
  6. Do not put down your fellow interviewees – Stick to what you are good at and what you can achieve if given the job. Not on what others are unable to do. The other interviewees are there because the management thinks they are good and your negative comments about them will come off like you are questioning the management’s decisions.
  7. Do not call - Do not call the interviewer, just before or just after the interview, unless you know a phone call will help. All your effort and time should be placed on the interview preparation. Make your point and make it good.

If after all the preparation and diligence you are not selected, do not fret. Try to find out why you were overlooked for the job promotion by talking with the interviewer, if possible. You can add the skills you were lacking and correct any deficiencies.

Even if you did not get the promotion today, being short-listed means you are in the management’s radar and so you should prepare for the next job promotion opportunity. Continue working hard and work honestly. You never know when your company may need to promote someone.

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