Whether or not you’re actively on the market for a new job, it’s important to have lots of conversations with potential employers. It may be a fit now, or it may be a fit later – either way, it’s beneficial! Consider any conversations with potential employers as informational interviews. These are a great way for you to find out more about the type of industry, company, or role. Informational interviews can give you exposure and are a way to get yourself known in a hidden job market. Here are a few tips!

Prepare & Practice

Research the company and industry for the background information you need to have a real conversation. You should do enough background research before going in that you sound like a credible candidate, especially if the company is in a new sector.

Keep your introduction short

When you’re talking with a potential employer, it’s important to have an elevator pitch that can be recited in three minutes or less. Here’s a quick guide for what it should consist of:

Your Background + Your Skills + What You’re Looking For

Make sure you have some good questions to ask 

Come up with your questions ahead of time to show you care enough to do some research before your call or meeting. You should have a list of questions prepped ahead of time. This will not only ensure that you’re maximizing your time together, but it will show your interviewer that you’re professional and respect their time as well.

What does success look like in this position, and how do you measure it?How does this role contribute to the success of the company?What are the opportunities for professional development?

These questions can help to fully evaluate the position and will help you understand how you could add value and develop professionally in the role.

Don’t skip scheduled calls

This may not seem like a big deal if you’re not actively looking, but something as simple as missing a call could prevent you from ever getting hired at the company.  Make sure you understand and respect that. Also, at the end of the call or meeting, make sure to thank your interviewer for their time.

Always follow up with the hiring manager

A quick thank you note after a conversation can go a long way. It reinforces your interest in the role and proves to the employer that you’re a caring and genuine person. This little note could be the difference between you getting hired or not! And if you don’t think the role or company is a good fit for you right now, a thank you note is a way to end the conversation on a positive note.

 

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