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Types of Interview | Interview Skills

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The Informational Interview

On the opposite end of the stress spectrum from screening interviews is the informational interview. A meeting that you initiate, the informational interview is underutilized by job-seekers who might otherwise consider themselves savvy to the merits of networking. Job seekers ostensibly secure informational meetings in order to seek the advice of someone in their current or desired field as well as to gain further references to people who can lend insight. Employers that like to stay apprised of available talent even when they do not have current job openings, are often open to informational interviews, especially if they like to share their knowledge, feel flattered by your interest, or esteem the mutual friend that connected you to them. During an informational interview, the jobseeker and employer exchange information and get to know one another better without reference to a specific job opening. This takes off some of the performance pressure, but be intentional nonetheless:

  • Come prepared with thoughtful questions about the field and the company.
  • Gain references to other people and make sure that the interviewer would be comfortable if you contact other people and use his or her name.
  • Give the interviewer your card, contact information and resume.
  • Write a thank you note to the interviewer.
 
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