WHAT IS AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW
An interview initiated and conducted by a job seeker to gather info and insight from a professional that has knowledge of a particular position of interest. What are the benefits of conducting an informational interview? You can obtain valuable career information, build self- confidence, and improve your ability to handle a job interview. The purpose is not to ask for a job. What questions to ask? Take the lead in the interview and bring a concise list of questions. Make sure the interviewee does most of the talking; after all, you're there to listen and learn from their knowledge and experience. Research your career of interest in order to ask intelligent questions. Some questions to consider include: What are your day-to- day responsibilities? Tell me about the career path you followed to get to where you are today? What do you see as the potential for growth in this field? What can I do now to help me find employment in this field? Can you provide me with other contacts you think I should talk to about this field? What is appropriate and what isn't? Each interview is a business appointment, so arrive on time, be prepared and organized, dress in appropriate business attire, conduct yourself in a professional manner, and respect people's time. Don't begin the interview by talking about yourself, and don't make the interviewee work to help you. Post interview follow up? Write a thank you note to the people you have interviewed. Building strong rapport with your contacts is important in building your career network. Best of luck in your research and in your quest to build a successful career map!