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Informational interviewing

Did you know that the most current information about an occupation or organization may not be available online? The most up-to-date information can only come from people who are actually working in that career field or at that company. 

One way to gather this information is through an informational interview. An informational interview is an interview that you initiate - you ask the questions. The purpose is to obtain information, to research, not to get a job.

It can be awkward contacting people you don't know. However, just know that most people really enjoy talking about themselves and love giving advice to a college student. Advantage, you! 

Benefits of informational interviewing  
  • Gain valuable information and insights to use as you decide among career or job possibilities.

  • Increased confidence after completing several information interviews. We promise you!  Confidence gains are the single most reliable result of informational interviewing.

  • Get tips and 'insider info' on how to prepare for and land your first professional role. 

  • Discover career paths you didn't even know existed. 

  • Learn what it's like to work at your 'target' organization.

  • Expand your professional network, meet individuals who may help you in your future job searches. The people you interview will sometimes recommend you to others, thereby obtaining you additional information interviews and contact.
Step 1: Research  
Step 2: Determine who to interview  
Step 3: Prepare for the interview  
Step 4: Develop your questions  
Step 5: Make contact  
Step 6: Conduct the interview  
Step 7: Follow up