Arrive at your next informational interview prepared to gain valuable insights for your next career move.
It’s nearly impossible to discuss job-search tactics without mentioning the value of networking. Smart job seekers not only invest in developing their professional networks; they also tap into these connections for introductions, job leads and other valuable insights. However, one networking technique is often overlooked by even the savviest of job seekers: informational interviewing. [TWEET]
The concept of the informational interview (also known as an informational conversation) was first introduced by Richard N. Bolles, author of the popular job-search book, What Color is Your Parachute? Bolles believes that job seekers should speak with professionals in their field of interest to gather more information before choosing a particular career path.
I couldn’t agree more.
Whether you’re new to the workforce or you’re considering changing careers, informational interviews are a great way explore various career options and clarify your job goals. Furthermore, they can be an effective way to gather insight into a particular company when you’re preparing for an interview.
Below are nine questions you can ask during your next informational interview – and one to avoid – to make the most of this valuable opportunity.