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Informational Interviews

Informational Interviewing

What is Informational Interviewing?

Informational Interviewing is a piece of the networking process. It is a planned and prepared approach to gain career and job fit information. 

Components Of An Effective Information Interview

Contact individual by email first using your elevator pitch. Ask for 15-20 minutes of their time either in person or by phone. Develop a predetermined list of 5-10 questions to ask about career path, advice, or other pertinent questions but NOT about a job opportunity. Do your homework to know something about him or her.  If you meet in person remember to provide a firm handshake. Always send a thank you not. Use a tracking system or database. Follow up when appropriate. 

75 questions to ask

Tip: Some of these questions are great conversation starters or for helping you figure out what to say over an interview dinner or lunch. 

10 Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing