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

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