Informational Interviewing: 10 Tips to Prepare

December 28, 2015

Informational interviewing is a largely overlooked process, because it is misunderstood. In an informational interview, you are seeking leads and information regarding an industry, a career path or an employer by talking to people you know or who have been referred to you. But before you run out and begin informational interviewing, you have to do your homework.

Follow these 10 tips to prepare: 

  1. Identify the information you want
  2. Make a list of people you know
  3. Make the appointment
  4. Plan an agenda for the session
  5. Conduct yourself as a professional
  6. Show interest
  7. Be prepared to answer questions about what you're looking for
  8. Get names
  9. Send thank-you and follow-up letters
  10. Take advantage of any referrals you receive

View the full article by Monster for more information on each of these tips to prepare for informational interviews.

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