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
What is an informational
This is an
interview initiated and conducted by a job seeker
to gather information and insight from a
professional that has knowledge of a particular
position the job seeker is interested in.
What are the benefits of doing an
The purpose is not to ask for a job - It is to
obtain valuable career information.
What questions should the job seeker ask?
Take the lead in the interview and have a concise
list of questions. Let the interviewee do most of
the talking so that you can listen and learn from
their experience. Do some research your career
interest before hand so that you can ask
intelligent questions. Ask questions like:
* What is a typical day at work like?
* Describe the career path you followed to get to
where you are today?
* What is the potential for growth in this field?
* What can I do now to help me find a job in this
* Can you provide me with other contacts I can
talk to for more information about this field?
Post interview follow up:
Write a thank you note to the person you
interviewed so that you can maintain a strong