Getting In: the Informational Interview
An informational interview is, ideally, an in-person session
spent with someone who can provide specific information about
a career, company, or industry. It is not a job interview--though
many informational interviews have led to offers of employment.
Rather, it's simply an opportunity for you to chat with a
more experienced worker about the ins and outs of his or her
Informational interviews are indispensable for the following
- You're exploring a career, company, or industry.
- The company you'd like to work for says it isn't hiring.
- You need to jump-start your job search.
- You've networked
your way to some great contacts and want to further the
Because performance pressure is low, the most intimidating
part of informational interviews can be setting them up. But
just because it's more casual than an "official"
job interview, make sure you follow informational
interview dos and don'ts.