More thoughts on informational interviews

I often describe informational interviews as the secret sauce” in an effective job search.

Most of my clients are really intimidated by these meetings.

I’ll tell you what I tell them.

If someone approached you and said, “I really admire the work that you do. I am looking to enter into your field. Would you mind if I bought you coffee and asked you for some advice?”

“My guess is that if you had time you’d probably say “of course!” People generally really enjoy giving advice.

And that’s exactly what your asking for in an informational interview. ADVICE. Not a job.

But here’s the thing…when you land the meeting, you are going to build rapport and the person on the other side of the table will become invested in you. Company’s do not like to hire “strangers”. According to data from SHRM, internal sources ultimately produced 52 percent of hires in 2016.

Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston is a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. She has relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and has had to execute job searches in completely cold markets. She has been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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