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5 Tips for Perfecting an Informational Interview

What is an informational interview?

Informational interviews are an informal opportunity to collect information about a career that interests you. By talking to someone else who’s already in the know, you have the potential to gain insider information about a company, industry, specific job role and/or career path.  

Switching the tables, and becoming the one asking the questions, is a skill that takes time to master, but it can help you with reducing interview stress and building confidence. Being able to conduct an informational interview can become one of the most efficient tools in your job hunt, so here are some tips to help you master it!  

 

1. Don’t let fear control you. 

Connecting with strangers can be daunting, but you can take baby steps. If you don’t feel comfortable messaging people on social media and Linked In, ask your family, friends and neighbours if they know anyone in their own network they could refer you to. You know what they say, 70% of success in life is just showing up! So… get out there and try!

 

2. Keep it short, keep it sweet. 

Ask for 20 minutes of their time. You want to create a professional work connection and gain insight, so 20 minutes should be plenty of time to make a good impression and gather the precious advice you seek.

 

3. Research and prepare.

Think of 10-15 questions that you want to ask, then have a look at the company’s website or google information about the profession and see if you can find answers that satisfy you. Doing research will help you create and identify the best questions to ask.

 

4. Dress to impress.

It’s true, you are not interviewing for a job, but you want to be remembered for your smart, professional approach, not for the comfortable hoodie and flashy runners you put on in a rush.

 

5. Follow-up.

This is potentially the most important! The hardest part is over, now you just need to follow-up to cement the connection for the future. Remember, this person has taken time to talk with you, a thank you note shows that you are grateful and it may even be the difference between recommending you for a job… or not! 

 

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March 14th – Richmond Client Appreciation Event

We want you and your family to join us for talks, food, games and prizes!

 

 

 

Where: Back In Motion – #110 – 6651 Elmbridge Way, Richmond

When: March 14th, 2018 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

We would like to invite clients, their families and the extended community to celebrate and recognize the success and achievements of the Career Paths program and its clients

Agenda:

  • Words of welcome and Introduction from Philippe De Clerck, Vp of Operations at Back in Motion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Success stories from past clients
  • Speakers will be followed by food, time to network and prizes donated by Vancity!

We will also be joined by representatives from the DIVERSEcity, Vancity, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC and Surrey Schools Welcome Centre.

Want to join in? Great! We want to make sure we order enough food, Sign-up here!

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March 8th – Surrey Client & Community Appreciation Event

We want you and your family to join us for talks, food, games and prizes!

 

 

Where: Back In Motion – #240-7525 King George Boulevard, Surrey

When: March 8th, 2018 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

We would like to invite clients, their families and the extended community to celebrate and recognize the success and achievements of the Career Paths program and its clients

Agenda:

  • Words of welcome and Introduction from Debbie Samson – President of Back in Motion
  • Guest Speakers
  • Success stories from past clients
  • Speakers will be followed by food, time to network and prizes donated by Vancity!

We will also be joined by representatives from the DIVERSEcity, Vancity, Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC and Surrey Schools Welcome Centre.

Want to join in? Great! We want to make sure we order enough food, Sign-up here!

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February 20th | Social Media Workshop

Using Linked In as a Job Search Tool

 

 

Where: Richmond Public Library – Brighouse Branch

When: February 20th, 2018 | 7:00pm – 8:00pm

What: Lacking a professional network is a big barrier faced by new immigrants during the job search. Join us to learn how Linked In can help you overcome this barrier!

Sign me up! 

 

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Career Paths – Celebrate United Services (Richmond)

The Celebrate United Services event is a networking opportunity hosted by Career Paths for Skilled Immigrants – Back in Motion. We believe that by building strong cooperative relationships among service providers and community organizations in Richmond, we better help newcomers successfully integrate into their community.

Light refreshments, tea and coffee will be served. This event is open to service providers, clients and the general public.

Speakers:

How Technology Can Connect People and Strengthen a Community
Grant Fengstad, Director of Information Technology, City of Richmond

Careers in Technology
Jacqueline de Raadt, Manager of Executive Initiatives, ASTTBC

From Newcomer to Manager – A Success Story
Meri Ghazaryan, Manager, Global Connections, IEC BC

There will be an opportunity for Q & A after our scheduled speakers.

When: Tuesday, November 21st – 2:30pm – 5:00pm

Where: The Caring Place – #140 – 7000 Minoru Blvd. Richmond, BC

Register: Registration is FREE! Register online on Eventbrite.

 

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