One of the most effective tools in your job search is the informational interview. These meetings provide you with an opportunity to build your network of professional contacts, learn more about career paths that interest you and, ultimately, enhance your employment prospects.
Although they’re not meant to elicit job offers, these discussions offer exposure to people who are in a hiring position or can recommend you to colleagues. As a result, it’s critical to approach informational interviews the right way. Here are some tips to remember:
Reach out appropriately
Email or call the person you hope to interview with a concise explanation of who you are, why you’re contacting him and what you hope to gain from the meeting. Be clear that you are seeking information only — not a job — and ask for 30 minutes of time at most.
Because it’s often hard to get the attention of someone you’ve never met, a referral from a mutual friend can help in setting up an informational interview.
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via How informational interviews can help your career | The Work Buzz.
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