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Informational Interviews


Informational Interviews


An informational interview is a meeting with an employer or professional within a specific industry.

These types of interviews are used to learn about the skills, training, and experience needed for an occupation. It's also a way to learn about a specific company or industry. This allows you to evaluate how well your skills and interests fit with a particular career or employer. Informational interview can also help you get job leads and develop key contacts to tap the hidden job market (jobs that aren't advertised).

Unlike a job interview, you are the interviewer in an informational interview and are expected to drive the interaction:

How to Set One Up

Ask everyone you know for potential contacts in a field, company, or job that interests you. The next step is to make contact by phone or email. Here is a possible phone script:

"Mrs. Smith, Brad Johnson suggested I speak with you. My name is Steven Olson, and I am interested in the ________ field. I could use advice from someone who is in this field. Do you have any time this week when I could meet with you? I know you're busy, so I only need about 15 minutes of your time. I would really like to learn more about your company and the ________ field from someone like you."

You may want to explain a little about your own background and why their occupation appeals to you. Be sure that they do not get the impression that you are asking them for a job.


Tips for Successful Informational Interviews

Sample Informational Interview Questions

To make best use of your interview time, know in advance what questions you are going to ask. For example, you might want to ask:

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