An informational interview is a conversation with an individual who can give you information about an organization, a job field, an industry, or particular job. It’s also a great way for you to reality test a career path and start networking with people in your field of interest.
Informational interviews can help you:
- Determine if a career field is right for you
- Discover new possibilities in your field
- Gain insight into the realities of employment
- Allow you to expand your professional network
Since you will be meeting with a professional, you’ll need to be prepared for the interview. Check out our Preparing to Conduct an Informational Interview handout in the Career Services Online Publications & Resource Center for some tips and tricks for a successful meeting!
Not ready to put yourself out there? Check out Candid Career or Interview Stream from the safety of your own computer! Candid Career features informational interviews with professionals working in thousands of professions across the world. With Candid Career, you can learn about a variety of career opportunities from the people who do them every day!
Or utilize Interview Stream, an online resource that enables you to record and receive mock interviews without leaving your computer.