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Ask the recruiter—How internal candidates can boost chances in job search

Inside knowledge of organization and its challenges is a plus, but job seekers need to demonstrate capacity for vision and change

Christie, Harrington
Jill Christie, left, and Shira Harrington

Oct. 12, 2018

Question: Do most of your searches involve an internal candidate? And if so, how can such candidates best present themselves?

Jill Christie
President
Tuft Associates
About one quarter of Tuft searches include an internal candidate. If knowledge of the organization, its culture and current challenges is critical to the new role, an internal candidate may be preferable as someone who can hit the ground running.

The downside for internal candidates is the perception that they won’t—or can’t—bring in fresh perspectives or new ideas.

To make strong presentations, we advise internal candidates to: