Looking for a Job? The Informational Interview.

careermedicCareer Coach | Entrepreneur
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Looking for a job? Information interviewing is a strategy most people fail to execute. Learn more...

Looking for a Job? The Informational Interview.

by Denise Anne Taylor aka CAREERMEDIC™

What is an Informational Interview?

Informational Interviewing is a great way to explore a potential career or company culture from someone in that industry, a professional contact on the inside. It allows you to ask questions.

How do you get an Informational Interview?

Who should you interview? How do you find the right person to interview? Ask family, friends and business contacts to point you in the right direction by getting a referral.

Step 1: How to schedule the Informational Interview...

OUTREACH. Zero in on the referred contact and connect through a professional network (LinkedIn), email or by phone. Email is typically the preferred method of initial contact.

Step 2: How to schedule the Informational Interview...

CONNECT. Interviewing someone can be intimidating. Mention the name of the person who referred you, state your interest in gathering information and ask for 20 minutes of their time.

Step 3: How to schedule the Informational Interview...

MEETUP. Arrange your meeting. Make sure the person knows you are looking for information only and that you are not asking for a job interview. Build trust. Stay to the 20 minute time-frame.

Step 4: Show Appreciation.

GRATITUDE. Be sure to send a handwritten thank you note or email within 24 hours. Thank your contact for their time and expertise in helping you along on your career pathway.

Final Thoughts: The Informational Interview.

Keep a list of leads or other contacts generated along the way. You have just begun the first steps to professional networking and building contacts that can help you achieve your career goals.

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a year agoReply
Exactly, Jeremiah. This step is under utilized by most job seekers and is part of the process. Typically, most Informational Interviews do lead to the referred contact asking for the resume or providing leads to other possibilities. It is a must, but sadly, seldom executed. Thank you for your feedback.

a year agoReply
great post! definitely undervalued. people tend to just straight up ask for the job, especially if they're not connected and aren't qualified, doesn't work out well. informational interviews are a great way to learn about the expectations and how to stand out

sydneyVerifiedco-creator of Commaful
a year agoReply
@silvia look at this one :) I know you have an information interview coming up