I know that I’m probably late, but a few weeks ago a good friend of mine introduced me to something called informational interviewing. I knew that talking to people about jobs was of course a “thing”, but I didn’t know there was an actual name for it and a correct way to do it. For those of you who were like me and don’t really have an idea what I’m walking about, this post is for you.
An informational interview is a meeting between you and someone who has the knowledge and experience to provide you with valuable information on a job you are interested in obtaining or a company you are interested in working for. It is a great way to get information about a desired position or company without having to go through a formal interview. You want to get as much information as possible while impressing the person who you’re “interviewing” with. Although they may not be a key decision maker in the hiring process, they can sure put in a good word! Landing an informational interview may take a little work, but is very beneficial most of the time.
You want to start by figuring out who you want to talk to. That person is usually someone who is or has been in the role that you are currently looking to obtain. Next, you want to figure out what is the best way to make initial contact with them. Most of the time, LinkedIn will do the trick. Just a side note, look for UGA alumni. Most of them are very willing and excited to talk with and help out students. Once you reach out to your person asking them for an interview, it’s time to start preparing. Research them and the company; have a game plan and good key questions to ask. Last but not least, remember to express gratitude! Informational interviews aren’t necessary, they’re just helpful. Below is a link to an article that describes informational interviewing in more depth and gives a few more tips and tricks. Enjoy!