A Key Networking Tool for Students, Job-Seekers, and Career-Changers
Learn about how an informational interview should be an integral part of your networking, career exploration, and job-hunting plan in this free, expert tutorial.
An informational interview involves talking with people who are currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry — and to build a network of contacts in that field.
Richard Bolles, author the enduring classic book on job-hunting, What Color is Your Parachute, writes about this tutorial on his Website: “Another Quintcareers home run. One of the best & most complete articles (actually, it is a series of articles) on the subject available.”
The Quintessential Careers Informational Interviewing Tutorial is organized in the following manner:
Background Information Potential Results Reasons for Conducting Informational Interviews Guidelines for Informational Interviews
Identify an Occupation Identify People to Interview Never Ask for a Job Prepare Ahead of Time
Scheduling the Informational Interview By Letter Sample Letter Requesting Informational Interview Another Sample Letter Requesting Informational Interview By Phone or in Person
Do Your Homework Before the Informational Interview Dress Appropriately Be Prepared to Take Notes Bring Your Resume The Interview (and the Questions to Ask) Share Something About Yourself Be a Good Listener
Build the Network Always try to get Referrals Always Send a Thank You Note Record, Analyze, and Evaluate the Information Another Use for Informational Interviews More Helpful Hints Links About Informational Interviewing
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