Re-interviewing for Your Own Job
This is the most contentious of all internal interviews. Most of the time re-interviewing for your own job occurs when a company is going through a particularly tough time and need to shed employees, sometimes without much notice and hardly any more than a statutory redundancy package if you do a poor interview and don’t get your job back. Also, if they have merged or been acquired with or by, another company, and find themselves with duplicated employees.
This is often traumatic for the employees, particularly if they have been in the role or company for years. It is even more stressful for those in an older demographic relying on their job to secure their pension.
My heart always sinks when I hear about this practice, as I know this often signals we are definitely entering another big recession. And the collateral damage as always are job losses and misery.
I understand why employers are pushed into this. As an ex HR Manager, I understand this is the only way they can safely let employees go. By safely, I mean it is the only way employers can protect themselves from a bunch of litigation cases for wrongful dismissal. A re-interview is their way of proving evidence of their decision making on who to keep on, and who to make redundant.
Unfortunately, if you have not interviewed in years and find yourself in this situation you really need to get up to speed fast with interviewing techniques and formats used in 2020. I have just published a new course on Udemy titled ‘Interview for Success in 2020’. It is a thorough and comprehensive course, which explains how to interview and compile great answers for a range of interviewing formats, including: Structured, Behavioural Competency, Situational and Technical formats. And especially for these Covid-19 days, how to interview in a Video Interview.
Sadly, employees that are long standing, and often the highest paid, are more often than not targeted by HR for the re-interviewing shortlist. This is demonstrated by British Airways who recently announced they are planning to let all their pilot staff go and then they will re-interview them for their jobs. If you know anything about BA you will know that there is a disparity in benefits between different cohorts of their employees. Long standing employees have more benefits and higher salaries than the newer employees, hired more recently. This is BA’s chance to rehire their old employees on equitable terms, with new and less beneficial contract terms. It is currently being legally challenged.
A large technology company, who is also one of the wealthiest companies on the planet, are also re-interviewing, for what reason I do not know. I will leave that thought hanging.
Sometimes, companies have genuine reasons, and sometimes they see a recession as a great opportunity to restructure their workforce, for all sorts of reasons.
If you are re-interviewing for your job, do not panic. But, do get organised.
Treat the interview as if you are interviewing at the company for the first time. Explain yourself fully and prepare all the answers to likely questions completely. Do not assume or presume that the company know all about you and your achievements, you have to tell them about them fully. This is what an interview is all about, giving evidence for why you are great at your job. Likewise, with technical questions, answer questions fully, as if you were teaching someone who has no idea how to do the technical aspects of your job.
But, ultimately, this is the right time to get help with your interviews. A professional interview preparation coach can do wonders for developing your answers, ability to sell yourself and your confidence. It is vital that you work with someone who has a big track record in Recruiting Internally for companies. They will know exactly what angles to come at in positioning your answers in the best way.
With my background, as Head of Recruitment at global companies such as Deloitte and KPMG, I can help you to prepare for your re-interview. I have interviewed thousands for internal positions in my decades in recruitment roles. And I have coached thousands in the last 12 years of interview coaching, which vitally includes helping my clients secure their jobs through re-interviewing in the last recession.
Do not hesitate to book in for coaching. The Internal Interview Coaching Programme is best for anyone re-interviewing. The Internal Programme consists of 2.5 hours of 1:1 interview preparation coaching by video link. And as a bonus, I will also include my online course ‘Interview for Success in 2020’ for free, to give you a back up resource for all my 1:1 coaching.
Clare Reed is a leading global expert Interview Coach with over 24 years global interviewing and coaching experience.