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Job Search Series VI.a: Informational Interviews

on March 18, 2014

Silvia Di Blasio, CCDP

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Informational interviews are…an interview you arrange with somebody to get more information about their industry, their profession or the business they work in.

Things to have in mind about informational interviews:

  • They are not job interviews, so don’t bring your resume up front and don’t mention the word “job”
  • Go prepared; don’t ask for obvious things you could have found in their LinkedIn, the company website or some other easy source. This shows poorly about your planning and researching skills and a disrespect for the person’s time
  • While informational interviews are NOT job interviews, many end up being one (mostly when you interview somebody with good connections or power inside the organization). This means that the way you dress, behave, the questions you ask and…

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