You found a position or industry you might be interested in and have set up an informational interview. You’ve talked to your friends and read a bunch of professional development articles about informational interviews and how one could lead to your next great career move. You have the date and time set.. now what?
First things first, prepare for this interview just like you would for an interview for a full time position. You want to put your best foot forward because you never know where this initial conversation may lead. Research the industry, company, interviewee and reasons why the potential position interests you. Ensure that you are in a quiet space that will allow for zero to limited interruptions, nothing is worse than having background noise during conversations. Finally, have a list of questions ready. There is nothing worse than showing up to an interview (informational or not) without a question in sight. Coming with relevant questions shows that you took the time to prepare and that you are truly interested in the company/position.
Not sure what questions to ask? Here are a few of my go-to questions:
These are just a few couple of questions that could help direct the conversation. Check out this Forbes article for a few more questions to ask when conducting informational interviews. Informational interviews are great ways to set and evaluate the pace of your career. They make sure that you are on track to reaching your goals. Don’t wait until you’re out of a job to start having them!
Aced the information interview and moving on to interviewing for a full time position? Check out these questions to ask.
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