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Informational interviewing is an important tool in helping individuals gain a better understanding about the knowledge, skills and abilities needed in different careers.
Whether you are a freshman at SHU or an experienced alumnus, do not overlook the informational interview! The job market is extremely competitive and informational interviews can be a great way to leverage your connections and create a more meaningful network.
What is Informational Interviewing?
An informational interview is a meeting to learn about the real-life experience of someone working in a field or company that interests you. It’s not a job interview, so it’s important to keep focused on getting information, not a job offer.
Some benefits of information interviewing are:
- Get firsthand, relevant information about the realities of working within a particular field, industry or position. This kind of information is not always available online.
- Find out about career paths you did not know existed.
- Get tips and insider knowledge about how to prepare for and land your first career position.
- Learn what it’s like to work at a specific organization.
- Initiate a professional relationship and expand your network of contacts in a specific career field; meet people who may forward job leads to you in the future.