Woodruff and Colleagues

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I once worked with a person wanting help in finding work while in their studies.  After listening to their situation, I suggested they conduct information interviews, a favourite way of mine in finding employment I enjoy.  This person reluctantly agreed to do these interviews and reported back to me that they didn’t work at all.  People were rude, never offered any names of other people, and a job offer was never suggested.  I knew the reason this person’s attempts failed.  It was their negative, “the world owes me a living”, attitude, of which I had been a witness several times.  This person perceived information incorrectly and took it personally.  When information interviews are used purely as an attempt to get a job, and you show up with bad attitude, you are going to get a boot to the door very quickly, probably within 15 minutes.

 

This is because they smell you coming a mile away and they already know your ulterior motive is to get a job, not gather information.  The one, most important thing to keep in mind when you are in the presence of any potential employer is that they are watching you to see how you would behave in front of their customer, how you would treat their customer.  Information interviews allow you to display professional behaviours in how you dress, how you present yourself, how you communicate, and how you follow up, and if you do these things well, there is a very good chance in receiving the name of contacts, and possibly a job offer.  Do them poorly, and you get nothing, except possibly a reputation that will not be positive, and negative word of mouth advertising.  Dress professional, carry a briefcase with your documents in it, offer a business (or calling) card, ask intelligent questions, and do what you say you will do, and you are more likely to get the names of other people to contact, maybe even an introduction to those people, and perhaps even a lead on whose hiring.

 

To learn more about presenting yourself professionally, click here.

 

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