5 Tips for Non-Awkward Informational Interviews

August 24, 2015

Maybe it’s because the name itself conjures images of your career counselor in high school. Or maybe it’s the fact that most of us have only been on the interviewee side of the table, and never the interviewer. Either way, if you haven’t done them before, informational interviews can be one of the more awkward aspects of your job search.

But, as the saying goes, information is power—and informational interviews can be crucial to helping you become well-informed about the industry or company you’re considering joining. Not to mention, they’re a great way to develop some contacts in your field.

So, don’t let a little fear of the unknown get in your way. Here’s a guide to help you get the most bang for your buck out of your informational interviews—and take some of the awkwardness out of the process while you’re at it.

  1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
  2. Do Your Research
  3. Prepare Your Questions
  4. Keep it Short
  5. Cement the Connection

View the full article by the Muse for more information on these five tips for non-awkward informational interviews.

Northwood University Partnership:
The Michigan Chamber has partnered with Northwood University to help educate future business leaders on Michigan’s business climate. This two-fold partnership offers a $1,000 scholarship for eligible Northwood University students and a free student membership to all enrolled Northwood students. View the Northwood University Partnership webpage for more information.