Whether you’re looking for your first job, considering a career change or looking to move up in your company, informational interviews are a powerful tool to explore careers, help you make decisions about your path forward and expand your network of contacts.
I’m working with a client who was recently promoted in her organization, and as part of her new role, she attends upper management meetings. In this setting, she finds herself feeling insecure about speaking up. She realizes that not contributing could hurt her reputation and chances for advancement and other opportunities within the company.
Whether you’re the CEO or a mid-level employee, the hiring manager or a job candidate, every work relationship will require asking questions of other people. To be an effective communicator, it’s important to ask quality questions that obtain the desired information and achieve the intended outcome. As Anthony Robbins says, “Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions and as a result get better answers.”
Over the years I have worked with many people to help them prepare to find a new job after they’ve unexpectedly lost theirs. This is a time to go easy on yourself since it is considered by many to be one of life’s most stressful experiences. When someone comes to me for help, here are three things I share with everyone.
The job search process comes with a lot of uncertainty, like not knowing how to go about finding a job, not knowing what the hiring manager is looking for in the ideal candidate or how long it's really going to take to get a job. This uncertainty brings with it a lot of emotional ups and down. There are times of excitement and successful action, as well as setbacks and disappointment.