Management Tip of the Day: 3 tips for internal interviews

Thu Sep 16, 2010 10:05am EDT
 
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BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical management tips and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

"Internal interviews are often thought of as something to simply check off on a hiring to-do list. Yet, these interviews can be a valuable source of information and the key to helping you make the right hiring decision. Here are three tips for getting these interviews right:

1. Dig deeper. Even if you already know the candidate, you can learn more. Ask about experience outside of the company, either in previous jobs or through volunteer work.

2. Assess role readiness. Because the candidate will be moving into a role she is already familiar with, ask specific questions about what she plans to do with the role.

3. Make it real. Too often, internal interviews are done out of courtesy. If you aren't serious about the candidate, don't bother with the interview."

- Today's Management Tip was adapted from "How to Conduct an Internal Interview" by Amy Gallo.

 
<p>A Japanese new graduate speaks with a counsellor in Tokyo in this April 8, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao</p>