I recently posted on our Facebook page about the value in conducting informational interviews. I love using this career tactic to dig deeper and expand my network. For me, informational interviews are all the rave, but maybe that’s just me.
That got me thinking: not enough people are using this amazing tool to their advantage!
Traditionally, informational interviews help job seekers and potential employers learn more about each other through one-on-one conversation. Even if you’re not looking for a job, informational interviews are a great way to advance your career and learn more about your industry.
These meetings take place in a non-threatening environment where both parties are comfortable divulging information. A coffee shop is a common place to meet, but I’ve held informational interviews at parks and even on Skype, as long as your interviewee is OK with it- sky’s the limit.
Informational interviews can be a great way to advance your career and learn more about your industry.
Conducting informational interviews has grown my network, enabled me to find a mentor and new business opportunities.
Don’t take my word for it of course.
Natasha Wade is an entrepreneur getting ready to launch a new business venture and sought the wisdom of a respected professional in her field:
Natasha’s initial uncertainty is a feeling most entrepreneurs can relate to. However, she pushed through that nervousness and reaped the benefits of stepping outside of her comfort zone. In a brief chat with Natasha afterwards, she shared that the conversation unlocked important insights about growing her business.She was also pleasantly surprised and utterly grateful that her interviewee was so eager to help, often exclaiming, “You can ask me anything!” One of the messages that stuck with her that she believes is extremely valuable especially for entrepreneurs is “Know your worth and charge for your expertise.”
Final thought from Natasha: “Don’t listen to the voices in your head that tell you people are too busy, too important or too competitive to want to help you. Even if you come across someone who is, it means they are not meant for you. Take the leap. After all, what do you have to lose?”
Natasha’s experience shows that people are more willing to open up than you think, and how well-received genuine curiosity can be.
Hopefully by now, you are going through your contacts and booking a sit down with someone.
Don’t miss the opportunity to have these conversations and #PickABrain.
Huge THANKS to Ms. Natasha Wade!
Still not convinced an informational interview is where it’s at?
Here’s more reading on the topic:
Have you conducted an informational interview before? Thinking about doing it?
Drop a line and let me know.