People have asked me why I don’t talk about informational interviews in my networking workshops. The answer is that informational interviews ARE a form of networking. Informational interviews, also called informational meetings, mean talking with someone about what they do and/or what their company does to learn and get questions answered.
Informational interviews are an excellent method of learning about a job or employer before committing yourself to a new direction for your career. One major advantage of informational interviews?
You will learn more about a specific field or employer, without being “on the spot” like you are in a job interview…
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…