What is it?
Informational interviewing entails talking with people who do the kind of work you're considering, so you can decide if it's the right path for you.
How do you do it?
The process is exactly the same as any kind of networking, especially targeted networking. The only difference is that you ask relevant questions pertaining to the information you need, which can help you decide if a particular occupation, field, location or work environment is appropriate for you.
What Do You Need?
- Sound byte/elevator speech
- List of networking contacts
- Questions to ask
- Business cards or a handbill are helpful but not always necessary
- For more information about questions to ask and networking, see Networking.
- "Test Drive Your Dream Job: A Step-by-Step Guide to Finding and Creating The Work You Love", by Brian Kurth and Robin Simons