Job Shadowing

Job shadowing is a great way to further observe the work, environment and culture of a position and company. Once you have had the informational interview with the professional, and made a great impression, they are more likely to want to help you. Feel free to ask if she/he would be willing to let you shadow for a few hours or days, or possibly attend an upcoming staff meeting or training.

Dress appropriately

Clarify the company dress code in advance.

Observe actively

Note as much as possible about the environment, such as the other workers, the manner in which interactions with co-workers and customers occur and the general pace.

Ask questions

Ask questions to clarify what you are observing and to learn more about the professional’s career progression. Transition times are often ideal for these conversations.

Be respectful

Be sure to ask the professional if any of the information you learn or observe is confidential (trade secrets, etc.), and respect that confidentiality.