Conduct An Informational Interview

Written by Michelle Roebuck

Informational interviews are designed to get as much information as you can aboutrepparttar industry and career you're seeking a job in from people who are already in that career.

Many job seekers donít conduct informational interviews becauserepparttar 139931 purpose of this type of interview is NOT to ask for a job. But, when you talk with people in your area of interest, you establish rapport with them, get salary ranges forrepparttar 139932 position and hopefully, have your name passed along torepparttar 139933 hiring manager when there is an opening in their company.

Conducting an informational interview can be a very powerful job seeking tool for you. As you conduct these interviews, youíre:

  • Establishing several important contacts
  • Learning more aboutrepparttar 139934 industry you want to work for
  • And getting your name out there before anyone else in case a job opens up

  • Mastering The Lunch Interview

    Written by Nathan Newberger

    Interviews can be nerve-racking, brain-draining, headache-inducing experiences. These days, recruiters have found a way to makerepparttar interview even more difficult by combiningrepparttar 139911 experience with a meal. This means that in addition to listening torepparttar 139912 interviewer, formulating intelligent responses, and trying your hardest to be confident, you now have pay attention to how you look while eating.

    Interviews over lunch or dinner are an increasingly popular recruiting tool. This career article gives yourepparttar 139913 need-to-knows ofrepparttar 139914 meal interview.

    1. Mind your manners 2. The dish dilemma 3. Consume and converse 4. Finish with a bang


    1. MIND YOUR MANNERS It may seem unnecessary to mention, but those basic table manners you were taught as a child still matter. In casual settings, poor manners are not always corrected. Therefore, you could have picked up some habits that your mother would be ashamed of and more likely than not, your interviewer probably will not be too be impressed by them either.

    Here are just a few ofrepparttar 139915 habits you should be mindful of during a meal interview:

    - BE POLITE. In addition to evaluating your answers to questions, an interviewer is also assessing your personality. Be courteous and respectful to everyone, especiallyrepparttar 139916 wait staff. Words such as "please" and "thank you" speak worlds about your character. - BE AWARE. Keeping you elbows onrepparttar 139917 table, chewing with your mouth open, talking with your mouth full all convey a negative impression. Pay attention to even your smallest actions. - BE PREPARED. If you feel uncertain about your table manners, consultrepparttar 139918 experts. Emily Post's books on etiquette are considered to be amongrepparttar 139919 definitive works on etiquette. There is no shame in doing research; after all, this is an interview.

    2. THE DISH DILEMMA Even though you are being treated to a nice meal, you are not free to order any dish you like. You are in an interview, and therefore, you haverepparttar 139920 duty of maintaining a certain level of professionalism and formality throughoutrepparttar 139921 meal.

    There are no definitive rules of food selection, and you may have to make a game-time decision. However, following these rules will help you steer clear of trouble:

    - AVOID MESSES. Steer clear of foods that have to be eaten with your hands or have a tendency to splatter. It is hard to recover from repparttar 139922 embarrassment of splashing your interviewer with spaghetti sauce, nor do you want to inadvertently adorn yourself with gravy or cream sauce. So stick to foods that can be cut into small pieces with a knife and fork. - NO STENCHES. Avoid foods that have a strong or unpleasant order. You are better off having an interviewer not remember you at all rather than asrepparttar 139923 candidate with bad breath. So no matter how much you love onions and garlic, lay offrepparttar 139924 stinkers for one meal. - KEEP IT QUIET. You need to be able to conduct a civil conversation. Avoid foods that are crunchy and noisy to eat. In a public setting there is a lot of noise that could drown outrepparttar 139925 voice of a person sitting across from you so try not to order food that would add torepparttar 139926 problem. - FOLLOW THE LEADER. You may be wondering if a menu item is priced too high or if to order an appetizer first, etc. The answer is to follow your interviewer's lead. Try to order food inrepparttar 139927 same price range asrepparttar 139928 interviewer and orderrepparttar 139929 same number of courses. You do not want to be sitting idle whilerepparttar 139930 recruiter is still eating.

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