Informational interviews are formal process of networking by which you identify people in fields of interest, ask if they are willing to talk with you, and arrange a time in which you interview them about their career and job. In information interview you ask most of the questions and gain insights into their career, industry, and their corporate culture and your own job search. Informational interview are mostly done from phone but some may prefer to do face to face .
For Information Interview do your research on questions to ask and prepare the question before hand and make it short not lengthy and make sure questions are professional and there are no awkward questions.And do not afraid to ask.
Social media is not substitute for the face-to-face connection
A Social media is a great Platform. People use it a lot but it is just a tool. You might meet someone new or reconnect with someone that you haven’t seen in years using social media, but you need to do face-to-face connection to build a trusted relationship. We can spend a lot of time in social media with minimal results if we are not careful. Though useful, social media needs to be used in with face-to-face meetings.
Not doing any research when going to Events.
If someone shows up to the events not even knowing about the event and organizers it creates bad first impressions before you get to the event make sure to do some research on who might be there. This can often be done via online.Also by saying a few things that shows you know something about them shows to them you are a interested and responsible person.
Adding value To your connections
Everyone Networks so how can you add value to your connections. Check the informative video.
Top Professional Networking Tips
Be open to meet new people
Talk to everyone. some of the best connections come from unexpected places or people. Take advantage of local professional networking events. Check with school’s employment office for events in your area.
Socialize on Social media
These day internet have made it very easy to connect with people.There are many social media that enable us to engage with each other personally and professionally So socialize in social media.
Stay in touch and follow up the people
Being great at networking is to build relationships. Don’t treat a person as a means to an end. Find something in common so that there’s something other than work to talk about. It’s also a good idea to get in touch when they or their company achieve an accomplishment. Getting in touch every month or so keeps you on their mind.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and favor.
Most people in the position to help students and young professionals with their careers are happy to do it. Someone might have helped them with their career when they were trying for it so don’t be scared to talk to them and ask for help. Whether it’s an informational interview, introductions, resume feedback, or general advice about career paths , the connection and information you gain can be invaluable.
Keep networking contacts
Every time you meet new people keep track of people and make contact lists.
Personal Networking Quotes
” Understand that networking is an ongoing process, not a discrete event. Success comes from consistently making new contacts, following up and keeping in touch.”
“Pulling a good network together takes effort, sincerity and time.”
– Alan Collins
“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.”
– Dale Carnegie
“If you want 1 year of prosperity, grow grain. If you want 10 years of prosperity, grow trees. If you want 100 years of prosperity, grow people.”
“It’s all about people. It’s about networking and being nice to people and not burning any bridges.”