Project Management

Land a Job, Launch Your Career: An Astronaut’s Guide to Internal Interviews

PMI North Carolina Chapter

Lainie is an experienced web professional, IT project manager, business analyst and online community system administrator.

You don’t have to be an astronaut to land yourself a stellar job at your current company. You just have to think like one! Interviewing for a new job is a lot like leaving your own planet and embarking on a ride into outer space. Maybe that’s an overstatement, but the fear can be real.

“All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.” -- Sally Ride

However, preparation and being there is 90% of what you need. Each time I’ve followed these steps when interviewing (specifically, interviewing for an internally posted job at the current company where I’ve worked), I landed the job. So I thought that I would share these tips with you. Try them out and let me know how you did.

Also be sure when reviewing jobs posted at your company to set your sights on shining stars: the job has to sparkle in your eyes for you to get it. In other words, you have to want the job and want to get there. If you follow these steps, you surely will. Here are 5 easy ways to ace your internal interview and land your new job:

1. Prepare to go deep.
When you first embark on your mission to get an interview for an internally posted job at your company, the most important first step is to go deep--deep into preparation and research.

“Astronauts are very professional and when they're preparing for…

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Very funny, Scotty. Now beam down my clothes.