Informational interviewing is an important tool to use with all three practices we have discussed. Informational interviewing is the act of gathering information about the career field, and specific companies you may want to work for. These are usually informal interviews that take place inside a company that you have an interest in.
Often times when we are doing a work assessment with our clients we are also conducting an informational interview to learn more about the culture, the work, and the environment that our client will be joining. This way we can make a better-informed decision if it’s a good fit.
You can also use informational interviewing by calling employers using your script we previously discussed. You could ask them questions such as:
“How did you get where you are now?”
“What would you suggest for somebody trying to break into the field?”
This is a good tool because it puts you inside an organization, gives you a hands on approach to deciding if a company is best for you, and helps you better decide if you truly have interest in the field. This often times helps prevent burnout, or accepting a job that may not be a good fit for you.
by Maggie Cromeens
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