Career Tip of the Day: Schedule Informational Interviews to Get a Leg Up

Don't wait on callbacks. Get ahead of the game to find your next opportunity

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For many job seekers and professionals looking to take their career to the next level, one’s first thought is to send out those resumes, wait for callbacks and ace the interviews.

But a great way to get on the radar and work smart when looking for new career opportunities is to take the time for informational interviews. It’s the perfect way to take networking to the next level, making your presence known and putting your career objectives on the table so that when there is an opening, you’ll be at top of mind.

The one-on-one advantages allow you to get to know more about the company as well as let them know more about you. Experts say the best way to do this is to contact a key person in your network to set up a quick meeting at their company or contact your dream company’s human resources department. You’d treat it just like a real interview process, but with less pressure and stress. Dress your best, package your brand well and come prepared to talk about why you want to work for the company. Ask questions and get a feel for the culture of the office. Get ahead of the game and set up a few in-office informational interviews today.

  • Cumay

    Hi Becky Thanks for you questions. The stats show that peolpe don’t generally watch a video that is longer than 3 4 minutes so that applies to interviews as well. However, if the subject is really engaging and the discussion is lively, peolpe may watch longer. My advice on how to create a great short video interview is to ask your guest to restate an answer if you noticed that they rambled sometimes peolpe think while they are answering and so in the restate they can be more succinct and you can edit out the first answer. Thanks for watching.