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Chapter 20. Informational Speeches > The Corner Office: Interviews - Pg. 166

Informational Speeches Identify yourself at the start of the conversation. Then explain why you are calling. Give the person any helpful information about prior meetings or contacts, such as "We talked last week at Ted P. Skimmer's party." Follow up the conversation with a phone call or letter. 166 Class Act Remember to always keep your audience firmly in mind and to consider their needs and goals. It helps to recall that public speaking is an audience participation event (if it weren't, it would be called private speaking ). Power to the People So you've made your inquiries, sent a follow-up letter (and perhaps a résumé and cover letter), and have landed an interview. You should know that today, many employers expect you to be more aggressive during the interview than was common in the past. The key is to present yourself as qualified, assured, and personable. Follow these guidelines: 1. Do your research: find out as much as you can about the job, company, and industry. Read stock reports, newspaper articles, and magazine pieces. If possible, speak to people you know in the company and industry to get additional information.