The Mid-Career GPS Podcast

Five Tips for Your Next informational Interview

August 10, 2021 John Neral Season 1 Episode 47
The Mid-Career GPS Podcast
Five Tips for Your Next informational Interview
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Have you ever wanted to talk to someone about their job and how they got there but were afraid to ask them? Informational interviews are your best way to open up a conversation and learn more about how someone progressed into their current role and what they did to get there. 

 In this episode, I’m sharing five tips to help you conduct your next informational interview. You’ll learn how to identify who to talk to, prepare your questions, invite and have your conversation, send a thank you, and reflect on what you’ve learned. Plus, I share some questions to help you get the information you need to make this experience worth the time and energy for you and your guest. 

 Key Topics & Time Stamps: 

·      Intro (1:25)

·      Your Mid-Career GPS Book (1:58)

·      What is an Informational Interview? (4:31)

·      Examining Your Thoughts on an Informational Interview (5:32)

·      Tip #1 – Identify Who You Want to Talk to (9:29)

·      Tip #2 – Prepare Your Questions (10:36)

·      Tip #3 – Invite and Conduct Your Informational Interview (13:00)

·      Tip #4 – Send Thanks (14:23)

·      Tip #5 – Reflect on What You Learned (16:00)

·      Examples of Good Informational Interview Questions (17:44)

·      Take Time to Nurture Your Connection Before Inviting Them to an Informational Interview (20:45)

·      Your Challenge (22:00)

List of Resources:

·      Your Mid-Career GPS – Four Steps to Figuring Out What’s Next by John Neral

·      SHOW UP - Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career by John Neral

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Intro
Your Mid-Career GPS Book
What is an Informational Interview?
Examining Your Thoughts on an Informational Interview
Tip #1 – Identify Who You Want to Talk to
Tip #2 – Prepare Your Questions
Tip #3 – Invite and Conduct Your Informational Interview
Tip #4 – Send Thanks
Tip #5 – Reflect on What You Learned
Examples of Good Informational Interview Questions
Take Time to Nurture Your Connection Before Inviting Them to an Informational Interview
Your Challenge