Personality Test
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Preview the Job Fit - Informational Interviewing

Would you buy a car without knowing about its features, gas mileage, upkeep reputation, and cost? Most people spend time talking to others and researching various models and makes. Most people DO NOT spend as much time doing a reality check on potential careers.

Serena, an Idealist Champion, had spent three years teaching in an inner city school. She believed in what she was doing, but was feeling worn out. Enrolling in a college career class, she talked about becoming a counselor or a reading specialist or a corporate trainer. When faced with doing informational interviewing, she balked. "I love talking to people, but how can I approach perfect strangers to do a favor for me." Other students in the class and the career center provided her with some leads. After interviewing two people in each line of work, she was more definite about her choice. "I don't feel inspired about corporate training. The reading specialist also seems too mechanical, too tame. The counseling position is right for me because I can still make a difference."

Informational interviews are of value when you are selecting a career, changing a career, or changing a company. First, ask friends, family, colleagues, and your alumni group or career center to give you leads on people to interview. Then call to arrange the interview. Specify that you are not looking for a job, but for information to find an appropriate career choice for yourself. Most people will grant you an in-person interview; others will grant phone interviews; a few will turn you down.

Questions to ask about the job/field:

  • How did you get started in this field?
  • What does it take to get started now?
  • What skills and education are needed to enter this field?
  • What's the best thing about the kind of work you do and what is the worst?
  • What are your major responsibilities?
  • How do you spend a typical day/week?
  • What kinds of problems do you deal with? What kinds of decisions do you make?

Questions to ask about the company:

  • What is this company known for?
  • What is the mission of your organization?
  • What is the corporate culture like?
  • Tell me about the philosophy and opportunities for training.

Think of other questions you'd like to ask. Think about your values or principles. They need to be a reasonable match for the company. How did the people dress and act? Would you feel comfortable doing what they do?

Guardians tend to think that there is a normal way to behave and can are surprised when the corporate culture seems strange. Artisans may need more freedom than a particular type of job or company will allow them. Idealists are most affected by values conflict and have a hard time getting motivated if they can't feel their contributions are making a difference. Rationals can be blind to day-to-day realities because they can get caught up in their visions for the future. If the company can't share those visions, they will not like working there.

So if you need to make a change, save yourself some grief by doing a bit of investigation first. Your job is even more valuable to you than your car!


Temperament and Careers

Planning Process
Finding Your Passion
Your Current Situation
Who Am I?
What Are My Options?
Evaluating Options
Creating an Action Plan

Selection Process
Informational Interviewing
The Toughest Question
Evaluating an Offer
Salary Negotiations

Succeeding On The Job
Your Boss
Dress For Success
Successful Presentations
Working From Home
Dealing With Stress
In a Shrinking Job Market

Making Changes
When to Take Risks?
Taking a Job in a New City
Who Will Get Laid Off?
Is Your Job a Poor Fit?
Networking is Key

Where the Jobs Are
Healthcare: Many Opportunities

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