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If your goal is to get a job, sure, you can stick with informational interviews. But if you’re after a fulfilling career that pays really well, then you must be willing to do things differently than the rest of the world.
The internet and self-proclaimed job experts have been chanting the mantra of informational interviews as the go-to solution for career change. But over the years, we’ve discovered that these interviews can actually throw up more roadblocks than solutions.
In general, we’ve never been big fans of following the crowd, and that remains the same when it comes to informational interviews. In this episode, Scott dives into why we’re not big proponents of this approach. Instead, he’ll introduce you to a game-changer that will bring you much closer to your career goals: test driving conversations.
Dive deep into the difference between test driving conversations and informational interviews, and learn how to pave your unique path to fulfilling work.
What you’ll learn
- The limitations of informational interviews
- The importance of experimenting and staying open to self-discovery
- Why test-driving conversations is a more effective and authentic approach than informational interviews
- The step-by-step process of test-driving conversations
The role is meeting my expectations… totally owning the marketing function. And luckily the founder/president is always forward-looking – he just presented us a huge strategy doc for the next year. So there will be an opportunity for us to grow beyond our initial audience, which is great. I applied (against conventional wisdom!) and went through a lengthy interview process. I did use the resume/cover letter chapter quite a bit to customize what I used to respond to the ad. I also found that using the Interview chapter was super helpful in formulating “SBO” oriented responses, and I even used some of them in the interview. Having those “case study” type responses was really helpful and I believe cemented my candidacy. BTW – they hired me completely over Skype and phone! I never met anyone from my company (in person) until last week at a conference.
After working many years in aerospace as a Manufacturing Engineer, I wanted to move into a Program Manager role without ever holding a PM title or certification. Scott and HTYC helped me to showcase my relevant strengths and made me feel confident and prepared for the interview stage. I landed the Project Manager job I was seeking even though there were qualified internal candidates available. I was able to avoid a disruptive family move and am loving my new position.
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