At the end of an informational interview, it is very common to be asked, “Would you be willing to answer more questions, by phone or in person, if I need additional advice in the future”
If someone asks you to meet with them for an informational interview, then it is most likely because you are a major player in your field and the interviewer believes you have some wisdom you can impart on him or her. The main reason why many interviewers ask this question is because they are trying to build up their connections within the field. You may be asked for more advice down the road, or you may be asked to be a reference down the line.
Points to Emphasize
The interview is practically done by the time this question is asked, so keep your response short and to the point.
- Respond truthfully
- If you are willing to talk more, specify how they should contact you (email, phone, etc.)
- Give them your business card if you have one available
- Remain positive
Even if you are unsure that you will have time to talk again, try to state that fact in a constructive manner, and leave the door open for future correspondences.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Answering this question should be fairly straightforward. You just need to make sure you do not make any of these mistakes.
- Don’t outright say, “No”
- If the interviewer does contact you in the future, make sure to respond in some capacity (even if it is just to say that you are too busy at this time to meet again)
- Do not refuse to give them your business card if asked for it
- Don’t end things on a sour note
Having a prospective employee exit an informational interview with negative feelings is not good for your company or for the interviewer. Remain upbeat, and do your best to provide future information if asked for it.
This will probably be the last question of the interview, so keep your answer short like this:
Absolutely. Here’s my business card with all my contact information. The best way to get in touch with me is by email. I can usually respond to an email given to me within a day.
Most informational interviews will only last for 20 to 30 minutes, so an interviewer may not get a chance to ask everything he or she wanted. Being open to future conversations is a great way to help someone get their foot in the door for the career they want.