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"...A more targeted level of networking is arranging information interviews. This is when you organise a meeting with someone, not to ask for a job, but to research information about the company, a field of work or career. This will take the company and occupational research you have already done in Chapter 4 — Creating Your Career to
"...An information interview will usually begin with a telephone call to ask a few questions or to arrange a time to meet. Always check you have called at a convenient time for them. If needed you can always call back at a time that works better for them. Your questions in the
"...The information interview itself will usually be half an hour or so and is designed so you can find out more about the area of work or company which interests you. Most of the people you choose to talk to will feel flattered you considered them knowledgeable about their field, and
"... actively searching. You never know, you may be offered a job or contract on the spot, but let that be on their initiative.
EIGHT TIPS FOR information interviewS
1. Prepare a script for your information interview, including a very brief introduction of yourself. Adapt your elevator ..."
"... be on their initiative.
EIGHT TIPS FOR INFORMATION INTERVIEWS
1. Prepare a script for your information interview, including a very brief introduction of yourself. Adapt your elevator pitch for the purpose of this meeting.
2. Identify the purpose of the meeting and why you have chosen ..."
"... the interview, provide additional detail about yourself
— your experience, competencies and corroborating examples.
7. Sample questions for an information interview:
a. Please describe your career path for me — your qualifications and experience in this field.
b. What are some of the ..."
"... and how they have helped you. Through these appropriate continued contact points they can become part of your network.
Preparing for your information interviews
What key information would you like to gather from people in the field?
Who do you need to talk to? If you don’t know ..."
"... people you identified as potential mentors in the section on mentoring.
What will you say about yourself? Tailor your elevator pitch (see a few pages further in this chapter) to the purpose of an information interview.
What key relevant points about yourself will you include in your ..."
What are some of the ways you feel comfortable to follow up after the interview? Make sure you have what you need on hand so you can send it within a day or two of the information interview.
Use this information interview sheet to prepare ..."
"... have what you need on hand so you can send it within a day or two of the information interview.
Use this information interview sheet to prepare for specific interviews and record the results.
Information Interview Record Sheet
Information Interview with: Date and time: Location: ..."
"...Conducting a focused work search requires a method of organising the information you’re collecting, and of recording the concrete steps — such as information interviews and sending out CVs — that you have taken. Getting and staying organised has several advantages over just trying to remember what you’ve learned and done. Unless your search is short, or you are blessed with an extraordinary memory, you won’t remember everything.
"...people looking to work for them. Look for the names of companies operating in your area and visit their websites to research what kinds of positions are currently available. Even if the kind of work you want is not currently advertised, you can contact them for a networking or information interview or submit an open application, in person if possible, so you are already in their database if that position does become available.
"...(ones you have made up specifically for your work search) and a notepad and pen. Dress as if you were attending an interview. Research in advance the websites of the companies who will be hosting a booth. You can use some of the same questions you prepared for your information interviews in Chapter 5 — Networking to help you gather information. Be prepared to tell people about yourself and prepare in advance a one-minute self-introduction or elevator pitch targeted at some of the companies who will be there. See Chapter 5 — Networking for more on elevator pitches.
"... qualities and values she was able to exude an authentic confidence in the interview.
Also send a thank you after information interviews and when people in your network share information and tips with you.
INTERVIEW RECORD SHEET
What is your first impression of the employer? Which of your ..."