Informational Interview…But WHY??
Via LinkedIn : Interview jitters….sweaty palms….shaking knees…
I am not talking about you Mr/Ms. Job Seeker, I am talking about your Interviewer right now.
Don’t believe me?
Ok, let me explain.
To become the interviewer in most organizations, one really has to climb up the ladder.
Once up there, they want to stay up there or go higher and that means they need to have a team they can depend on, a hard working team who will work hard enough to keep them up there.
Then, lets say, they have an awesome team but one of their key members decides to leave. Now its their responsibility to fill that role, and heaven forbid, they make a wrong hiring decision and chose someone whom the team did not get along with, or some one over qualified who only takes the job because they need one and then decides to move because it is not ideal for them or they get poached by a competitor. Worst of all, they end up hiring someone who looked great on paper and interviewed well, but could not do the job.
Yes, these are some of the things an interviewer has to deal with. Sometimes, if they are a new interviewer, they may be even more strict in their interviews and perhaps even more nervous.
Remember the phrase “The Boss is always right?”
The Boss has to be always right (even if he is wrong, sometimes he is still right!). We can sit and debate as long as we want but the fact is that the hiring manager is the boss and he/she needs to like and depend on the person he/she wants to work with and thats not all, if he/she makes a wrong hiring decision, it could not only cost the company to re-hire again but also their reputation would be at risk and if they are new to the role, it may be seen as their inexperience.
What ever the case may be, just like how nervous the interviewee is, much of the same is the case of the interviewer, but many wont admit it, atleast not in public.
Results of bad hiring choices are abundant (and thats another article).
So lets just say, the employer feels similar to the job seeker.
The fact is that an official interview usually is a must for most job seekers. How do you go around it?
In the world of job search, you have to apply for jobs, network, cold call, break into the hidden job market, go to events, etc., and then run the same cycle until you get the job.
How about another aspect which works miracles? An Information Interview?
What is an Information Interview?
As per Wikipedia “An Informational Interview (also known as an Informational conversation) is a meeting in which a potential job seeker seeks advice on their career, the industry, and the corporate culture of a potential future workplace; while an employed professional learns about the job seeker and judges their professional potential and fit to the corporate culture, so building their candidate pool for future hires.”
When you go for an informational interview, both yourself (job seeker) and the Industry Leader (Prospective Employer) are relaxed and open to having an information exchange conversation. Considering you, as the job seeker, have made the right choice in the selection of the employer, the leader and company, it will most likely be a Win-Win Situation.
How do you get an Informational Interview??
Do your research on the company, their projects, their leaders and then just ask them. When you ask for guidance, most people will respond positively. Just trust me…I have the stats to prove it.
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