Welcome back! We have made it through the first 6 steps of the Career and Blog Counseling Series in honor of Counseling Awareness month. April ended but the series must go on!
Get to Work! – Career Counseling Series Part VI: The Informational Interview
Why do an informational interview?
- Gain first hand knowledge from a professional
- Make connections/Network
- Obtain information about various opportunities
- Practice discussing your interest and skills in a more relaxed situation
3 Types of Informational Interviews
- Face to face
- The best because you will get to practice discussing your skills and abilities in person and you may be able to get a feel for the work environment first hand
- While this is acceptable it may make it harder to form and maintain a personal connection, you won’t get a feel for the environment, and you may not have the opportunity for follow-up questions
- Bloggers: Obviously, e-mail informational interviewing is perfectly acceptable for you!
YOU ARE NOT ASKING FOR JOB!
Getting the Informational Interview
1. Research the Company/Organization
This will make you look good! It will also help you create meaningful and thoughtful questions. Bloggers: This is especially important when trying to decide what brands to work with/contact. It is crucial to make sure you work with brands that share your values.
2. Initial phone call to ask for the interview
Have a calendar and some dates in mind. Be prepared to explain why you want this interview.
Try to see if you can get a face to face meeting but if the individual is hesitant/busy schedule a phone interview.
Do this before the interview so you can review the questions and be thorough.
- Nothing low cut.
- No jeans or sneakers (this applies to most situations. If you are interviewing in a more casual profession it might be a little different. But it is always better to err on the side of caution)
- Ladies, when it comes to make-up…less is more. Trust me. I have done a lot of interviews. When you leave the room you don’t want the first thing the interviewers to say to each other to be…”Wow, she wore a lot of make-up.”
- Make sure your outfit matches
- 5 minutes early is on time
- 20 minutes is too early
- On time is late
- Be Prepared to be the lead in this interview! You asked for the interview to learn more. You are going to be asking the questions…be prepared!
- Don’t interrupt
- Ask follow up questions
- Minimize distractions