Informational interview tips

How to get the most from experts

Published August 01 2017

An informational interview is a casual conversation with someone working in a career path that interests you. It gives you a chance to learn about the career path and get advice about entering the market from an experienced professional.

1. Keep it short.

You should be able to learn about the person’s career path and current position over a brief phone call or over coffee.

2. Take this opportunity to practice your elevator pitch.

Put it in writing when you email the person to set up the informational interview. Then give it orally at the beginning of the interview itself. Providing information about yourself in this way will help the interviewee tailor information to meet your needs.

3. Prepare pointed questions.

This requires doing your homework – on both the person, their position and the company.

 

 

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