Conducting Informational Interviews for Veterans

Conducting Informational Interviews for VeteransOpen doors to new opportunities by meeting with the right people to move your career forward.

Are you a military-experienced job seeker? If so, it’s important to be aware of best practices for informational interviews. Informational interviews are one-on-one meetings where you can learn about companies, various positions and other related information that may help guide you in your job search journey.

To help you get the most out of informational interviews, here are some tips you may want to consider:

Have an elevator pitch ready

It’s important to have a short, concise introduction describing yourself and what you are trying to do. Make sure not to hesitate once you have the interviewer’s attention. The last thing you want to do is waste their time. You want to make sure you can clearly get your point across.

Be professional

When setting up a meeting, make sure to treat the interviewer with respect and set the tone for professionalism. On the day of the interview, this includes showing up on time, and respecting the time allotted. Don’t ask about openings. Keep in mind that you are there to learn more about the industry you’re interested in and ask for potential steps you can take for your next move.

Ask away

It is best to ask open-ended or follow-up questions of the interviewer—It indicates that you are listening. This will help build your personal brand during the conversation. Taking notes without making eye contact and not asking questions is not a sign of a proactive job seeker.

Ask for advice

Feel free to ask for guidance on the next steps to take after the interview. Does the interviewer know several people who can help you gain more knowledge about the field you’re interested in? Are there any sources you can read? Ask permission if you can follow up with future questions should you need their help.

Express your gratitude

After the interview, don’t forget to send a thank-you email or letter. Don’t forget to follow up in a few weeks or so with updates regarding your job search and other details the interviewer might be interested in knowing about. Once you land a job, reach out to everyone who has helped you along the way, and don’t hesitate to lend them help in return.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.