Finding a Job for people with Disability
Determine the Needs of the Current Job Market
Exercise 3: Prepare for the Information Interview
Now that you know more about your target company or industry, plan your networking meetings. At this point in your job search you are seeking information, not asking for a job, so relax and enjoy the research phase of your job search.
- Get in touch with your inside contact (not the key decision maker) - Phone your contact and ask to set a specific date and time to meet to discuss information and ideas about their field of expertise. Respect their time by asking for only 15 - 20 minutes.
- Set a schedule for the meeting - agenda items may include introductions, thanking them for their time, asking targeted questions, asking for additional input from your contact, wrapping up (never exceed your 15 - 20 minutes!).
- Prepare questions for the information interview. Focus on your goal for the meeting: to find out how you can best sell yourself to the company. Look for ways you can be valuable to the company rather than how the company fits your needs. The more valuable you are to a company, the more likely they are to hire you. Make a list of productive questions like those that follow and
take notes during the interview.
What is your career path and educational background?
What are the strengths of this company/industry?
What are the needs or problems you face on the job?
What are the goals of your company?
What do you think it takes to be successful in this field?
Who are the decision makers?
Who else might I talk to?
- Practice - spend time reviewing your questions and strengths with someone who is familiar with your work. The more comfortable you are in describing your talents, the less uncomfortable you will be during critical discussions. This will be good practice for a job interview as well.
Continue to exercise 4: Follow Up