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Tips on Interviewing: What You Need to Know About The Informational Interview

Most career searches begin with a casual conversation known as an informational interview. These may be with people who already know us well, or with others with whom we have made a connection through personal networking.

In any case, it's a golden opportunity to try out your interview skills and to do important career research on industry sectors and the job market.

How an Informational Interview is Different from a Job Interview

As the name suggests, this sort of interview differs significantly from interviews where an applicant is being considered for employment. As mentioned above, your goal is to answer important questions related to your career transition and job search. These may focus on a range of topics from industry trends, the workplace impact of new technologies, or predictions for hiring or downsizing. In short, they can include anything and everything of mutual interest to both parties, sticking to business, of course.

The informational interview is an ideal setting for such a conversation. First of all, the atmosphere is more relaxed than in a job interview, and consequently, the conversation can be less structured and more divergent. This gives you the chance to explore topics you might not have thought of going in. You might even uncover new, unexpected areas of opportunity. More on this in a moment.

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Interview Question Answers: Be Prepared for These 12 Tricky Questions

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Many interviewers will ask direct interview questions in these areas:

  1. Coping
    Provide an example of a time at work when you knew expectations of you were unreasonable. Was your behavior mature or immature? And how?
  2. Tolerance of Ambiguity
    Explain a time in your professional life when you were successful in dealing with an unstructured work environment.
  3. Problem Solving
    Think of a time when you defined several solutions to a problem. How did you find the solutions and then choose the best one?
  4. Goal Setting
    Describe a time when you followed a systematic process to define your goals and objectives.
  5. Commitment to Task
    Hard work is necessary to achieve any goal. Provide examples of when you had to work hard to reach a goal. Be specific about your achievement.

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Interview Question Answers: Be Prepared for These Standard Interview Questions

These sample interview questions are typical in most job interviews. Know they're coming. Write out your answers and rehearse each one until you sound relaxed and confident.

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
    Prepare a 30-second commercial about yourself that highlights your skills and the value you bring. Tailor this commercial to the job and the company. Remember to use key phrases within this brief monologue. Rehearse this until you know it without thinking about it. Make sure it is almost exactly 30 seconds in length.

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Tips on Interviewing: How to Impress Potential Employers

Why are job interviews so intimidating? There are many reasons, but here’s a big one: it’s an artificial situation.

Even when an interviewer does her best to put the candidate at ease, the job interview is still an artificial situation. Most job-seekers, who don’t go in with the right mind-set, posture and strategy (and that’s most job seekers), see themselves trapped in an “underdog / overdog” situation. The hiring manager has all the power and the needy applicant is at her mercy. They are unprepared. They don’t know what to expect, and whatever self-confidence they have evaporates completely as soon as the conversation begins.

Time to shift your perspective!

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Job Interview Tips for Second Interviews

You did it! You followed all the job interview tips you know and impressed that manager job interviewer the first time around and so now you're invited for a second round of 'talks'. Now what? You read everything you could about job interviews (e.g., resume writing tips, business etiquette during a job interview, etc.) but now you feel that you need a different type of job interview tip. What do you do during second job interviews?

Second Job Interview Tips to Land You that Job Offer 
For the first job interview for that manager job, you spared nothing concerning your job resume. You may have even hired a professional resume writer just to ensure that you present yourself as a 'perfect fit' to the company's manager job description.

You invested in your appearance too. You 'aligned' your wardrobe to fit your career plans and even 
invested in an at-home tooth whitening system to improve the appearance of your smile (important for first impressions!).

But now that you've been called for a second job interview, the panic sets in again. Relax, you must have done something right the first time so just focus on these job interview tips we have for you and you'll be fine.

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