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Tap Your Network to Ace the Interview

Margot Carmichael Lester | Monster Contributing Writer

1. Get Started

“Before reaching out to your network, define the industry, the company or perhaps individuals you would like information about,” suggests Luna Zuniga, a senior technical recruiter with Bluware, an IT consulting company in Houston. Then think carefully about what you need to know about corporate culture, the job’s expectations, the boss, tidbits about the interviewer, etc.

Then, email your professional and personal networks to see who’s got the information you need.

“Reach out to these people purposefully, asking specific questions rather than general questions,” Zuniga says. “Don’t ask for a job or a job lead. It may put people on the spot — a helpless feeling. Instead, limit your requests to information only.”

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