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Informational Interviews Are Easy (VIDEO)


EP 904  Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the purpose of an informational interview and how to do one.

Summary

Informational interviews are great way to broaden your network. Informational interviews are 15 to 20 minute conversation with someone, ideally in person, that allows you to extensively more about that with which you are interested... But it is also a gateway toward additional networking connections. Let me give you an idea of how it works.

Let's say you're a program manager let's say you are a developer, and you want to arrange an informational interview. You reach out to someone you may have marginal connection with or real connection and you schedule a time to meet with them. The "connection" is really about professional matters, is not that they are a friend necessarily. They know something that you don't. You want to keep your career basis, on a professional basis,

You meet with them and asked him a few questions.
1. How did you get involved with (fill in the blank)? You chat with them about that for a few minutes.
2. What you like about it most? You chat about that for a while and then you ask a few simple follow-up questions.
3. What you like about at least? You chat about that, too, and ask some follow-up questions.

Then you start switching gears all bit.
4. Who else do you know who I might speak with about it. I'm gathering some information now because of thinking about pursuing this direction. Would be okay if I used your name in reaching out to them? They will probably say, "Sure."

The 5th question here is the iffy one. It is no big deal if they say no
5. Would you be willing to call them in advance to give them a heads up that I might be calling?

Then, from there, what you are able to do is follow up with this next person, learn some more and start the process of building the relationship with people who are absolute strangers or with whom you are marginally connected that might lead to something.

Again, all you're doing is gathering information to help you.

You can use informational interviews to talk with former employees of firms of what is like to work there. What they liked about it, most; what they liked about at least. The idea comes down to chatting with people who know something about whatever it is that you are interested in so that you use them as a steppingstone to other people.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

Are you interested in 1:1 coaching, interview coaching, advice about networking more effectively, how to negotiate your offer or leadership coaching?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line and tell me about your circumstances in the body of the email.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.  

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The Two Doors Brainteaser

The Two Doors Brainteaser


Listen to the full episode here:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thebiggamehunter/2017/03/15/the-two-doors-brainteaser

Jeff Altman, The. Big Game Hunter offers an answer to the classic brainteaser. “You have two doors and two people that you can ask questions of. One always tells the truth. One always lies. You can only ask one question of one of the people. What’s the question you ask?

Summary

I got 1 of those hedge fund brainteaser questions for today-- The Two Doors Question

There are 2 doors. Behind one door is a job offer; behind the other door is all the pain-and-suffering in the world. There are 2 people outside of them. One is someone who always tells the truth;; one is someone who always lies. You can only ask one question of 1 of; what is the question you should ask in order to figure out which door it is?

Here's how it works:

Let's say you pick 1 of the guards and you ask, "What with the other guy say is the correct door to go through?"

If the other person is the liar, he would tell you the wrong door. If he is the truth teller,. He is going to tell you the correct door. If the other person is the liar, he would tell you the wrong door.. If he is the truth teller, he is going to tell you the correct door.

If the person you've asked the question of is the honest one, He will point you to the room door. After all, he is talking about liar. If that person is also the lawyer. He is also Going to point you to the Wrong door. Whichever door they pointed to. It's the opposite one that you go through.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

Are you interested in my coaching you?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com offers great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Are you interested in executive job search coaching, leadership coaching or life coaching from me?  Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us and put the word, “Coaching” in the subject line.

They Are Watching You | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter reminds you of all the people that are evaluating you when you interview for a job.

 

Summary

Today, let’s talk about 1 of the most underappreciated, under reminded about tips I can give you about job hunting.  There was a song many years ago with the refrain, “I’ll be watching you.”  On an interview, it is not just the interviewer who is watching you.  Every person that you meet, even for a moment, is taking note of you and having an impression of you.

That can be the security guard in the visit in the building that you will be visiting.  That can be the receptionist on the floor that is buzzing you in.  Very truly and confidently speaking to her with a smile on your face, “Hi! My name is so-and-so.  I have a [2:30] appointment to meet such and such person.

Great. But you have a seat.

Terrific. Happy to do it.

Then, sit facing the greatest number of entry points to the room so that you can see someone approaching you.

With the interviewer, as well, who may take you around the floor. Later, or introduce you to other people.

The tower seriously doesn’t serve you.  What will serve you, at least in the United States, is a friendly, affable smile, a great handshake, a confident demeanor about you – – these go a long way toward letting people like you.

People get hired for a number of reasons.  Hopefully, 1 of them is that you are  competent enough to do the job.  Then, there are the tiebreakers.  Among the tiebreakers are:

Do I think I can work with this person?

Do I like this person?  Often, this is the 1st question the hiring manager may ask subordinates.  Do you like them? What do you like about them?  Things along these lines can be the tiebreaker between you and another person.

Again, remember, everyone is watching you.  Everyone is noticing you.  Everyone is commenting about you if they meet you.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

 

Don’t Sell Yourself Short

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how NOT to sell yourself short.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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