An informational interview is an excellent way to gather information and network without the pressure of having a job offer on the line. Unlike other types of interviews, in an informational interview you are the one who is responsible for contacting the company and requesting an interview. Think of an informational interview as a “career investigation.” This can help equip you with the industry knowledge you need to make decisions about what career paths to pursue. Informational interviews provide low-pressure environments for determining if you are a good fit for an industry or even a particular organization. Before the interview, learn as much as you can about the company and your contact. In this scenario, you are the interviewer, so come prepared with questions.
- Make contacts within the industry
- Learn about a career before applying for a specific position
- Broaden your knowledge of a particular company or industry.
- Familiarize yourself with the different careers that your AIU degree has qualified you for
At the end of the interview solidify the industry contact you have made by asking if you can contact them if you have further questions. As always, send a thank you note to the interviewer within two days of the informational interview to ensure that you leave a good impression.