Gen Y at Work: The Interview

Young man sitting at a table sweating and very nervous before a job interview.

Nervous before your interview?


Can you imagine an interview where you don’t get stress out? Where you feel comfortable and you aren’t sweating like crazy? And most importantly where you don’t have to worry about getting the job – because there IS no job!

If you are like most people, right now you may be saying something like “What the???”

So here goes…

In the job search (and when you are thinking of what to study in school) there is a really important resource: the informational interview.

An informational interview is an unbelievably significant opportunity in the job search or the search for one’s self.

Here’s how it goes down:

You (to yourself): Hmmm…lately I’ve been thinking of studying archaeology. I like the idea of digging up things; I like history and I enjoy travelling.  But, it would be really cool (listen, I am a Gen Xer, I am not really up on the most popular Millennial way of saying neat or cool or whatever, but you know what I’m talking about here) if I could talk to someone about what’s it really like to be an archaeologist.

Voila…. You are talking about an informational interview.

Next step:

You (again to yourself): Who do I know that’s an archaeologist? Short answer – no one – and that’s okay – most people probably don’t know an archaeologist.

So what can you do?

Well, in the age of the internet and social media, the answer is everything. You can use LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook to create relationships with people.

You can find out who you DO know – and see if you can be introduced to that person or those people who you don’t know.

You would be absolutely amazed at what you can accomplish through social media.

First of all, you google Archaeologist Association, and as I am in Ontario, I am going to click on that.

Next, you locate the Membership Directory:

Now, you have a whole bunch of archaeologists at your finger tip.

So, let’s say that you are interested in learning about consultant archaeology or working within a university. Check it out – you will find some very helpful information.

At point I would google Scott Hamilton LinkedIn Lakehead.  Remember that when you google someone instead of using LinkedIn you have more privacy because they won’t see you checking them out, but you may also not get to see their whole profile; it will depend on their security settings.

Screen shot of Scott Hamilton, member of Association of Professional Archaeologists

Screen shot of Association of Professional Archaeologists


So you have all of this great information – what do you do with it?

You come back next time for the next installment of Gen Y at Work – where you will learn about the art of the informational interview!

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