Turning the Informational Interview into a Job
You don’t necessarily have to wait for a job opening at your dream company. In the following article, Lewis Daidone offers strategies that will help you get ahead of the competitive curve through informational interviews. Lewis Daidone is a Certified Public Accountant and a consultant to financial services firms and tech companies.
Do you dream of working for a particular company? But there aren’t any current open positions that fit your skill set and/or experience. You may still be able to meet with company representatives through informational interviews. Showing initiative and interest in a company will go a long way towards putting yourself in the best position for future opportunities .
Although not very common, these question-and-answer sessions are fantastic tools for introducing yourself to executives and corporate decision-makers, as well as getting a good idea of the company’s culture. Here are a few tips for scoring valuable informational interviews.
Research multiple organizations.
Since informational interviews aren’t necessarily a standard process for most companies, make sure you research these organizations thoroughly before reaching out for your interview. Sites like Glassdoor will give you an idea of how employees feel about the company and whether or not it is managed by the kind of team that would welcome preliminary interviews.
This isn’t a traditional job interview—in a sense, you’re the interviewer. It is crucial that you prepare your topics and questions in advance. Make sure that you are well versed with the company’s products and/or services and can intelligently articulate how your skills and experience can benefit the firm. Thoughtfully prepare your resume and/or CV with this company in mind; highlight experience that would be of interest to potential hiring managers.
Send everyone you spoke to a thank you letter or email the day after the interview. Highlight the value of specific suggestions made or other important information conveyed during the interview. It not only demonstrates that you were engaged in the conversation, but reinforces your genuine interest in the company.
You don’t have to wait for specific job opportunities to fall into your lap—you can create great opportunities for yourself!