For many, informational interviews are a fuzzy concept. So during their job search, more than a few job seekers have asked: “Why should I spend time talking to someone who doesn’t have the power to hire me?”
The more you understand the informational interview, though, the more their value becomes clear.
Successful informational interviews are a great way to learn more about a career you are considering or an employer who interests you.
Informational interviews, done well, mean a successful job search… and career!
as I approach the end of my senior year in college, I have a personal goal of one informational interview a week. I’ve competed many already, and I can tell you:
Informational interviews are a great tool for making connections, getting advice, and prepping myself for future interviews…
Every summer interns should schedule at least one informational interview before your internship ends.
If you’re new to informational interviewing, however, it can be hard to tell whether or not you’re really putting your best foot forward…
Everyone stresses the importance of networking. An informational interview is your chance to develop a new relationship. You might not get a job out of it, but they might give you contacts at other companies and useful advice. You might even hit it off so well that you can turn to this person as a mentor in the future.
Here’s some advice for how to manage your informational interviews, before, during and after…