3 Steps to a Flawless Informational Interview

Last week, a CareerHMO member started a new job that she landed via an informational interview. When she shared the story about how she got the job, she said, “It was pure luck. I was talking to the person I was informational interviewing with and he suddenly realized he had a colleague who was hiring someone with my background and experience. I got the interview and was hired a week later!” My response to her was: "IT WAS NOT PURE LUCK!" When done correctly, informational interviews can be an incredible way to get access to the hidden job market. “What’s that,” you ask? It’s all those jobs that never get posted but actually exist. The coveted jobs you hear about after they’ve been filled and really wish you had a shot at getting. In my webinar tomorrow I will take you through the 3 steps to flawless informational interviews. In it, you’ll learn:
  1. How to prepare for the interview.
  2. What to say (and not say).
  3. How to get the person you are meeting with to refer you to a hiring manager.
Don’t miss your chance to learn what it really takes to get people to help you find a job. This is for anyone who has ever taken the time and energy to schedule an informational interview, only to have nothing to show for it when it was over. See you there! Sorry, this event already happened. But you’re in luck, we’ve embedded the recorded version below. Enjoy! Photo Credit: Shutterstock

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if your co-worker took credit for the work you did...right in front of your colleagues AND boss!

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if witnessed a hiring manager at your organization making fun of a candidate who they had just interviewed who had autism.

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child.

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During our weekly live Office Hours on YouTube, two of our coaches, Ariella Coombs and J.T. O'Donnell, answer questions live from viewers related to their job search, career success, on the job situations and more.

We complied a simple list of what we find to be the most common questions our coaches get about resumes. We hope you find this helpful.

Let's start with the basics...

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Back in March, we made the hard decision to change our private Facebook group of over 37 THOUSAND members to a fee-based only platform.

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In this week's episode of "Well This Happened", we want to know what you would do if a recruiter called you a day EARLY for your phone interview (and you were NOT PREPARED!)

We want YOU to be the career coach and tell us which one is the RIGHT answer!

Think you know? Vote below, and stay tuned for later this week when we announce the right answer (and why the other ones are wrong).

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