Former recruitment agency experts answer
employment questions, candidly suggesting how to
negotiate your salary, find a really good job,
handle phone interviews, and more.
Sage advice like this is
for an Informational Interview
Preparation is the ket to success. Here are the
most important steps in the
- Call or email the person you want to meet, and
emphasize that you are not
looking for a job but researching an industry or
- Set up a meeting
- Prepare questions ahead of time
- Research the business before the meeting.
Dont appear amateurish and
don't waste your contacts time.
- Send your contact a thank you note, and follow
up when you have news or
other relevant information, such as an article
that the contact might enjoy
Research your contact, the company, and the
industry. There are a variety of
ways to do this:
- Public library (books, periodicals, magazines,
trade journals, etc.)
- Literature from company's public relations
department; call and explain
that you have a scheduled meeting and would like
- Annual reports
- The Internet (i.e. check out the company's Web
Become familiar with the organization's products,
financial status, competitors, reputation and any
recent major changes. In
addition, gather information about the person
whom you will meet --
background, education, affiliations and their hot
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