Career Development : WEEK 8: SELF-EVALUATION/ Week 8: Informational Interview
I – As mentioned in the previous weeks, an important step in any activity is the reflection that takes place at the end of it. This is because it allows those involved in the activity the time to analyze whether or not their efforts were successful or not. For this reason, in this final week of CARD405, you are going to be given the opportunity to reflect upon the work you have submitted this session.
For this assignment, you need to download and complete the Week 8 Self-Evaluation Template available (its attached)
II – This assignment is the culmination of everything you have been working on in this course and your chance to not only show-off your interviewing skills but also to demonstrate your ability to network and develop new relationships. You are encouraged to approach this interview as an investment in your career rather than thinking about it only as an assignment.
For this assignment, you need to download and complete the Week 8 ( its attached)
There are FIVE steps to the Informational Interview.
Step 1: Compile a list of individuals in your target career field whom you would like to interview. Try to identify people who are working at a company in which you are interested. This is a good opportunity to practice your networking skills. Let your classmates, friends, family members, and colleagues know that you need to complete an informational interview with someone in your intended career field. You’ll be amazed at how effective networking can be.
Step 2: Prepare a brief introduction of yourself and the purpose(s) of the informational interview. Prepare a list of open-ended questions that would be appropriate to ask during the informational interview. An Internet search using “informational interview” will provide you with many examples of questions you might want to use.
Step 3: Practice your interview with a classmate, friend, family member, or colleague and ask them to critique your performance. Identify ways to improve based on their feedback.
Step 4: Set up a day and time for the interview and be sure to confirm. This can be an in person interview, Skype/WebEx or phone interview – whatever works best for the both of you. Record the interviewee’s responses to your questions.
Step 5: Send a thank-you letter, note, or email to the interviewee within twenty-four hours of completing the interview. And if appropriate, be sure to connect with them via LinkedIn.