NOW Magazine - Career Companion - - FRONT PAGE - Cour­tesy of Hca­reers.ca, www.hca­reers.ca

An in­ter­view ini­ti­ated and con­ducted by a job seeker to gather info and in­sight from a pro­fes­sional that has knowl­edge of a par­tic­u­lar po­si­tion of in­ter­est. What are the benefits of con­duct­ing an in­for­ma­tional in­ter­view? You can ob­tain valu­able ca­reer in­for­ma­tion, build self- con­fi­dence, and im­prove your abil­ity to han­dle a job in­ter­view. The pur­pose is not to ask for a job. What ques­tions to ask? Take the lead in the in­ter­view and bring a concise list of ques­tions. Make sure the in­ter­vie­wee does most of the talk­ing; af­ter all, you're there to lis­ten and learn from their knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence. Re­search your ca­reer of in­ter­est in or­der to ask in­tel­li­gent ques­tions. Some ques­tions to con­sider in­clude: What are your day-to- day re­spon­si­bil­i­ties? Tell me about the ca­reer path you fol­lowed to get to where you are to­day? What do you see as the po­ten­tial for growth in this field? What can I do now to help me find em­ploy­ment in this field? Can you pro­vide me with other con­tacts you think I should talk to about this field? What is ap­pro­pri­ate and what isn't? Each in­ter­view is a busi­ness ap­point­ment, so ar­rive on time, be pre­pared and or­ga­nized, dress in ap­pro­pri­ate busi­ness at­tire, con­duct your­self in a pro­fes­sional man­ner, and re­spect peo­ple's time. Don't begin the in­ter­view by talk­ing about your­self, and don't make the in­ter­vie­wee work to help you. Post in­ter­view fol­low up? Write a thank you note to the peo­ple you have in­ter­viewed. Build­ing strong rap­port with your con­tacts is im­por­tant in build­ing your ca­reer net­work. Best of luck in your re­search and in your quest to build a suc­cess­ful ca­reer map!

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