Internal candidates get 51% of all open positions
February 23rd, 2010 by lewisTweet
Why do companies prefer internal candidates? Hiring managers like candidates who can make an immediate impact. Internal candidates are more likely to do so because they:
- Understand the processes
- Know the people
- Fit with the culture
Most importantly, they’ve already proven themselves on-the-job. Typically, external candidates only have a resume, the interview, and a few references to demonstrate who they are and what they can do. To summarize, there’s more risk hiring an external vs. internal candidate.
As an external candidate, you must close the gap between you and the internal candidate. Invest the time to review the company website and talk to employees. Create your own “on-the-job” opportunities. For example, if you’re applying for a marketing or sales job, try the following:
- Create a business plan for a new product idea
- Develop a new sales deck for an existing product
Make your own opportunities and convince the employer that you’re just as strong as (if not stronger than) the internal candidate.
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