The informational interview is a valuable skill for job seekers to develop and refine. At the Hudson Job search meeting, the speaker will break down the informational interview into six easy steps anyone can learn and perform well.
"According to occupational surveys 55 - 80 percent of jobs are found through networking," said guest speaker Paul DiFranco.
An informational interview is used to gather information, advice, and referrals. Richard Bolles in his book, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is credited with coining the phrase. Interviews are effective for those who would like to make a change in industries, professions, etc. People attend primarily to learn and not to inquire about a particular job opening. There are other forums for that. DiFranco tells his coaching clients that a key question to ask before closing the meeting is "Who else should I be talking to?"
DiFranco is owner of HR ProSolutions and on the leadership team of the North Canton Executive Networking Group.
Hudson Job Search meets the first and third Monday evenings of each month at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St. with sign-in at 7:15 p.m. For more information go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 330- 653-5322.