Tips for Informational interviews

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As I decide what to do after my trip, I have been conducting many informational interviews. The more I do them, the more I realize that they require strategic planning and intentionality. Finding the right job, launching the right business or joining your intended industry require clarity and access to secluded or unsaid information that cannot be easily found online. Informational interviews provide a great avenue to learn about specifics jobs, roles and industries. Some good questions to ask during informational interviews are:

  • What does it take to be successful in this role? 
  • What does a typical week look like?
  • What do you enjoy about this role?
  • Who else do you think I can talk to?  

When we are looking for a new job, career change or path, we can easily become blinded by our emotions or/and our limited views or knowledge of the new industry. Thus, informational interviews are very valuable and I highly recommend them before making a career move. Now, we have to keep in mind that informational interviews is an opportunity to learn. You do not and cannot talk more than your interviewer. Your goal is to listen to learn how to proceed appropriately. If or when done right, you will expand your network and learn what skills you need to develop as you conduct more interviews. Remember, the more people you talk to, the more you increase your chances of joining your intended industry or obtaining your dream job.


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