The Informational Interview

The Informational Interview

This post describes the importance of the informational interview, a way to get information without the formality of applying for a job. The summers between your college years are great times to schedule informational interviews to gain insight on not just a business, but on an individual. Schedule informational interviews with individuals who work in the specific field that you want to enter. Of course, if you don’t know exactly what you want your career path to be, schedule informational interviews in a number of businesses, industries, and occupations.

The greatest part of an informational interview is that you are the interviewer. Questions should revolve around what are an individual’s daily work schedule, the typical career path in that specific business, education and skill sets needed to enter the business, and the trends of the business field.

Below are two different articles by Forbes that describe the importance of informational interviews and the type of questions that should be asked.

The first article, “How to Land and Ace an Informational Interview,” is by Forbes staff member Jacquelyn Smith. Jacquelyn has a master’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University and has been working for Forbes since 2010.

The second article, “30 Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview,” is by Forbes staff member Susan Adams. Susan has been working at Forbes since 1995 and recently joined the Forbes’ Entrepreneur’s Team, which focuses on small businesses.


How to Land and Ace an Informational Interview

Article by: Jacquelyn Smith, Forbes Staff Member

“Most professionals are aware of the value of research and networking in the job search process. Savvy job seekers connect with the right people on LinkedIn; study corporate websites to learn more about the companies they’re most interested in; and stay up-to-date on industry news and trends. But as it turns out, one of the most valuable tools—one that offers job seekers both networking opportunities and occupational information—is the informational interview.”

Jacquelyn Forbes

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30 Questions to Ask in an Informational Interview

Article by: Susan Adams, Forbes Staff Member

““It’s an indirect way of selling yourself without saying, ‘Can I have an internship,’” says Wolkstein (Eileen Wolkstein). That means you’re selling your personality, your sense of humor and the fact that you’re reliable, eager to learn and will do a good job. You want to communicate that you’ll do anything, and that, above all, you want to soak up what people do all day.”

Susan Adams

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