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Information Interviews and how they can work for your job search

Information Interviews and how they can work for your job search

You might have heard the term “information interview” recently and wondered how it differs from a regular job interview. Basically, this kind of interview is a meet and greet with a potential employer. It is the opportune time to glean some inside information about a specific company, while also finding out what roles are available in the organization.

Typically when you schedule an information interview, you select someone to interview in a role similar to the one you would like to fulfill in the future. This is your chance to ask any questions regarding the typical workload, duties and educational requirements for that position.

If you’re planning on scheduling this kind of interview, here are a couple of tips to help you out!

  • Dress like you’re going to an actual interview. Just because it’s not a formal invite to interview for a job, you want to make a good impression—who knows, a month from now they could be recruiting for the very job you’ve expressed an interest in
  • Do your homework. Research the company beforehand so you feel comfortable asking questions 
  • Bring a copy of your resume/portfolio/business card. Be prepared, just in case you’re invited to leave your work for their company files, but never assume they want to!
  • Bring a list of questions you would like to ask. If you have an excellent memory, you could skip this part, but it’s a good idea to bring a sheet to keep yourself on track and ensure you’ve covered everything you wanted to
  • Don’t bait and switch. Don’t set up an information interview and then proceed to ask for employment—it’s not fair to the person being interviewed and it’s disingenuous
  • Send a thank you card to the person you interviewed. It’s courteous and has the potential to keep you on the company radar!

Check out these links for more information interview tips:

http://www.canadiancareers.com/infointerview.html

http://www.jobsetc.gc.ca/categories.jsp?lang=en&category_id=420

http://www.quintcareers.com/informational_interviewing.html

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