I am a college student and my school offers a mentoring program. I need to interview someone in my field for a class and I am in contact with an alumni. She told me she is able to meet after 5:30pm. I was wondering what places are appropriate to meet? Restaurants? Cafe? Starbucks? Also, should I dress formally or casual?
Great questions! You should choose a setting that is quiet enough that you will be able to hear each other, maybe a quiet coffee shop or even a place on campus. You will want to be able to utilize your time…View all answers »
What is the proper etiquette when doing an informational interview with someone I don’t know? Should I pay for our coffee/lunch?
Hi, great question! There really is no standard around who pays for this, as many companies have guidelines in place related to whether candidates can pay for meals or other items for a recruiter or hiring…View all answers »
Do people really find jobs at industry conferences? Is it worth paying a fee to go to an industry conference in hopes of meeting someone from a company that is hiring?
I am sure there are times where people have founds jobs at industry conferences. However, you should go with the focus of networking not landing a job. If you are passionate about the industry,…View all answers »
If I have been given the contact information for someone I’ve never talked to before, how should I go about contacting them? Should I email, call or send a text? Both?
If this is for a prospective job, I would recommend emailing the new contact. Be sure to mention how you received their contact information and what you are reaching out regarding. This will give…
I feel like my networking and “informational interviews” are just creating more work without accomplishing anything. What am I doing wrong?
I would suggest taking a step back and evaluating the ways in which you are networking. Are the events and or people that you're talking to related to the field in which you'd like to find a position?…
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