Informational Interviews – Part Seven, The Conclusion - A Summary

Posted by LearnEarnRetire on Fri, Dec 04, 2015 @ 09:49 AM

Informational Interview Summary

First, if you want to feel the power of this strategy, what would happen if you did 40-50 informational interviews with bright stars in the industry or profession you are about to enter? How would your understanding of that direction be enhanced? How much better would you be when you are doing an actual interview in that field? How would your confidence grow relative to your long-term happiness in that decision? In short, would you be better off or EXTREMELY BETTER OFF? You want to nail your dreams? Get busy.

Process equals predictability. Let’s walk you through the process and link you to more material in order to fortify this game-changing strategy:

  1. What Are Informational Interviews:
    • They help you to determine what you really want to do for a living
    • They help you to become an expert in a field, job, or profession
    • They polish your interviewing skills
    • They lead to job and internship opportunities
    • And obviously, they vastly expand your network
  2. Activity Objective:
    • You need to strive to obtain 40-50 informational interviews
    • To do so you need to get busy as a freshman
    • You want to front-load your early years
  3. How to Get The Interview:
    • You reach out to qualified professionals in the field you are exploring
    • You leverage the relationships with friends, professors, and advisors
    • You utilize LinkedIn to expand your search
  4. Pre-requisites and Steps in the Process:
    • Build a strong you to be a more formidable candidate (growing your brand)
    • Expand and grow your network
    • Stay organized
    • Map the logistics of this aggressive agenda (the path to 40-50)
  5. Alumni Networking and LinkedIn University Pages:
    • How to use LinkedIn step by step in order to fortify your strategy
  6. Email Templates:
    • Suggestions on how to engage with target contacts
    • Links to other places to get more email suggestions

Now it is obvious IF you were to engage in this strategy, you would have a big advantage. But, will you become a member of the small minority of your peers who do so? Waiting to ‘figure it out’ as to where you want to go, and what you want to do after you leave campus is a horrible decision. Not being employed as you leave is even worse. I don’t care if many of your friends are not doing this, I am talking to YOU!

Winners make things happen. Now go win.

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Topics: Job Search, Job Preparation, LinkedIn, Network