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Informational interviews are a powerful way to explore career options and open doors for future jobs. 

Some people wait until they have a job interview to speak to a company. But doing informational interviews is a much lower risk and highly beneficial way to find out more about a company, and for a company to find out more about you.

Here are some benefits of informational interviews:

  • Build a relationship with a company prior to applying for a position.
  • Gain a better understanding of what a company does and what skills they are seeking.
  • Let a company know more about your unique skills and experiences.
  • Be able to find out what a company’s future plans are especially around hiring.

Here useful tips on how to do an informational interview:

  • Ask for a referral from a friend or colleague of who you should speak to at an organization.
  • Be flexible when you are able to meet with someone. Fit their time schedule.
  • Read the company’s website prior to the meeting.
  • Prepare questions about what you want to find out about.
  • Focus on what the company does rather than asking for a job.
  • Ask for the opportunity to keep in touch.

In the end, if an informational interview goes well, you will be the first person they think of when there is an opportunity.

If you would like to find out more about how CareerFirsts can help you prepare for informational interviews or other career coaching services book a free 15 minute introductory session.

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