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Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Informational Interviews

handshake2If you’re looking for a job right now and discovering some downtime or scarcity with online job postings you want to pursue, you’re not alone.

There are a few ways to make the most of the summer by being productive in other ways. One of the most effective ways other than boosting your personal brand online and offline involves conducting informational interviews.

Sure, it’s peak vacation season but chances are between now and Labor Day you’ll be able to have a handful of meaningful conversations that can lead to new contacts and potential opportunities in the fall.

1. Do your research. So, let’s say you’ve landed a coffee meeting with someone at your ideal potential employer. Even if they don’t have any job openings right now, assume they’ll have one in the near future. Research everything you can about the company and outline specific questions to ask. Read more

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Eight Questions to Ask During an Informational Interview

Ah, the informational interview. It’s golden to networking and beneficial to expand your knowledge about a specific company and career path.

Once you land the informational interview, the critical component entails creating a strategy to make the most of it.

Paul Freiberger, author of When Can You Start?: How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job, told Fortune, “Be sure to research both the latest developments in the industry and the background of the person you’re meeting.” Read more