The 5 Questions I Ask in Informational Interviews
I cannot tell you how many incredible opportunities informational interviews have opened up for me.
As someone in the beginning stages of her career, I am always looking to learn from those with more knowledge, connect with inspirational people, and challenge myself to grow in new ways. And I’m now frequently on the other side of the table, and am so thrilled to help others discover their careers and passions.
Informational interviews are not just for finding a job (although they are certainly helpful). Networking with someone new when you’re transitioning in your career, when you’re stuck, when you’ve moved to a new city, or simply because someone you’ve heard of seems really interesting all all fantastic reasons to learn from a new connection.
When I was a senior in college — discovering what I wanted to do, where I wanted to work, and how I was going to get there — I met a new person every week in my perspective field and picked their brain. I cannot thank them enough for their incredible generosity.
On my blog, I’ve taught you how to network from your couch, how to land a job when you’re not quite qualified, and how to make informational interviews fun. Needless to say, I have a lot of experience under my belt building these types of relationships.
If you’ve ever wanted to ask someone out for coffee and have no idea where to start, these questions act as a great jumping off point.
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