Before your interview, it is a good idea to spend some quiet time
to work through the answers to these topics:
- Contrast - What experience, education, leadership
or training sets me apart from my peers? Why am I being selected
out of all the applicants that applied to be interviewed? In other
words, what are you doing or saying that makes management particularly
interested in you?
- Job Scoping - How will the new job significantly
differ from the one I currently have? Obviously, before the interview,
you may not know. Still, it is a good idea to think about what
duties, tasks and responsibilities could be be part of the job.
Will there be additional supervisory responsibilities? Travel?
Budget responsibility? Additional meetings? New computer skills?
Less clerical or administrative tasks?
- Change Management - If selected, will I be
able to make the changes that will be required of me? Will I miss
my old job and my old teammates? Will I be operating well outside
my comfort zone? And if so, how much time will I have to adjust
and perform my new duties with confidence?
- Career Path - Does the possible new position
fit into my (mid-range and long-term) goals in my career? Is it
a more important (and visible) role in the organization? Or will
I be side tracked and kept from reaching my goals?
- Manager Intelligence - Just who is my possible
new boss? Is he/she a petty jerk or micro-manager? Or does he/she
motivate and give proper credit to his/her staff? What do the
people you respect - who know about the manager's style - have
to say? Is he/she respected by others? Am I going to be comfortable
fitting into my new role in the group and able to abide by the
political agenda? Keep in mind: No matter how wonderful the company/department
is, it is your direct manager who can make your job a great experience
or a living hell.