I’m struggling to figure out where to start my career and would like to speak to several professions in the field to determine my next move
What agenda and format should I use when conducting an informational interview?
Let’s say you managed to set up informational interview (and yes, we’ve got tips for that, too) and have succeeded in arranging a meeting with an amazing contact.
What now? How do you make the most of this conversation—while still keeping things casual and comfortable?
As always, it’s just a matter of being prepared. Here’s some tips and questions to make it a productive meeting.
#1 – Warm up/Small Talk
People love to talk about themselves, so when you first start via Zoom or in-person, let them! If you were connected by a friend/family member or acquaintance, you should discuss how you know that person.
#2- Set the stage
State the goal of your meeting is to ask you some questions and seek their advice on their career
#3- The questions
• How did you get your start in this field?
• How did you find your company?
• What’s it like working at your company?
• What is a typical day like?
• What do you like about your job?
• What are some challenges you face?
• What skills are necessary to be successful?
• What projects are you working on right now?
• If you did it all over again what would you do differently?
# 4 Advice Questions:
• My strengths are the following…how would I go about figuring out what to do next?
• What job search advice would you give to someone in my situation?
# 5 – The Close
• Based on our conversation, do you have any contacts you can connect me with to expand my network? If yes, can you provide a warm introduction?
• Do you have any company recommendations I should investigate based on my interests?
• Do you have any opportunities at your company? If yes, what is the best way to apply?
# 6- The follow-up
• Confirm the follow-up/next steps with your contact
• Write a thank you note and provide details on next steps