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Informational Interviews

An informational interview is an appointment which you schedule with a particular individual for the purpose of gaining current information from an "insider" point of view. Talking to people to gain information can be one of the most effective ways to learn what you need to know when choosing a major or career or beginning a job search. Interviewing for information will introduce you to both the people and work setting which are of interest to you. Often you can learn things you could not learn any other way.

What you can gain:

  • Up-to-date, first hand information about an occupation or company.
  • The ability to discuss how you fit into a career or company with someone who knows.
  • Insight into how people feel about their work and organization.
  • Important contacts by meeting potential employers in a non-stressful situation.
  • Information on the best way to approach job search for a specific field.
  • Self-confidence, by experiencing meeting with strangers; this is a critical element for successful career decision-making and job hunting. Better to learn this skill now, when there's little at stake, than to wait until your needing a job.

Explore the resources below for more information on how to schedule informational interviews, sample questions to ask, how to capitalize on relationships made during the interview and more.

Informational Interviewing
Conducting informational interviews is a great way to gain a better understanding of a specific occupation or industry (CCC pdf handout).

Conducting the Informational Interview
Tutorial with seven modules explaining how to conduct an informational interview.

Informational Interviews Tips
A quick guide to contacting individuals, preparing and conducting the informational interview and how to follow-up.

Getting the Inside Scoop on an Occupation
Information on who to interview, questions to ask, how to dress and other related resources.




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