What are they?
Informational interviews are ways to get to know a person in your field of interest. Here are a few steps to make this happen:
- Find people in your network. Use LinkedIn, Handshake, or your friends/family to find people who are doing something you might want to do in the future!
- Invite them to coffee. It sounds weird, but just do it. Show up on time and be prepared to engage with a positive attitude.
- Ask great questions. Think of 5-10 questions you might want to ask someone in that field. Hear their story and be curious. A bad question is a question unasked, so go for it!
- Write them a thank you card or email. Don't forget, these people you just connected with are now part of your network. Be sure to foster these relationships because you never know what they'll turn into!
Did you apply for a job and are you ready for your first interview? If you're nervous, you're not alone.
In a study in 2013, over 1,000 people were interviewed and 92% of respondents said at least one thing stresses them in job interviews. Here's the breakdown:
- Being too nervous: 17 percent
- Being overqualified for the job: 15 percent
- Being stumped by an employer's question: 15 percent
- Being late for the interview: 14 percent
- Being under-qualified: 11 percent
- Not being prepared: 10 percent
Read the full article here.
Here are 5 things you need to know before you go for an interview!
- Print out your resume and cover letter. It doesn't matter if you've already submitted it online, bring a few copies with you anyways. This simple act shows your preparedness.
- Head up, big smile, good handshake. First impressions are huge! Be confidant in who you are and show your teeth!
- It's okay if you don't know all the answers. The reality is, they will ask questions that will stump you. Breathe, think, and if you can't think of an answer right away, when you get home email them with the right answer.
- Follow-up. There are a few things you'll need to do after you interview. First, send them a thank you email after your interview. Second, send a hand-written thank you card a few days later and send it via snail mail. Third, send them a follow-up email a week or two later to see what they are in their process.
- Try again. If you don't get your first job, it's okay, there are more out there! We always say, it takes 30-40 job applications before you land even a few interviews. Not every job is perfect for you. Keep your chin up and try again!
"The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions" By: Fast Company
“TELL ME A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF”
Hidden Meaning: “I’m throwing you a softball and letting you get comfortable.”
“WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THIS POSITION?”
Hidden Meaning: ” Do you really understand what this job entails, and do you really want to do it?”
“WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?”
Hidden Meaning: “What are your career aspirations and are they realistic?”
“CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT A RECENT FAILURE?”
Hidden Meaning: “How honest and self-aware are you?”