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Former recruitment agency experts answer employment questions, candidly suggesting how to negotiate your salary, find a really good job, handle phone interviews, and more.

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Preparing 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 position
- Set up a meeting
- Prepare questions ahead of time
- Research the business before the meeting. Don’t appear amateurish and
don't waste your contact’s 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 Phase:

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 background information
- Annual reports
- The Internet (i.e. check out the company's Web site)

Become familiar with the organization's products, structure, services,
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 button issues.

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