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Career Advice

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 priceless.

What is an informational interview?

An informational interview is one conducted by a job seeker for the purpose of gathering information from a professional that has first-hand knowledge of a position of interest.

What are the benefits of informational interviews?

You can obtain valuable career information to make good career choices. The purpose is not to ask for a job.

What questions should you ask at an informational interview?

Bring a list of questions and take the lead. Let the interviewee do most of the talking so that you can listen and learn from their knowledge and experience. Do some prior research into the career field so that you can ask intelligent questions. Some questions you might want to ask include:

* Can you describe for me a typical day at work?
* Can you describe the career path you followed to get to where you are today?
* What is the potential for growth in this career field?
* Can you provide me with contacts of other people I can also talk to for more information?

Respect people's time so arrive prepared, on time, and dressed in appropriate business attire.

Follow up by writing a thank you note to the person you interviewed.

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