Informational Interviewing

While the primary purpose of an Informational Interview is to gather information about a career and/or field, and job search advice, from a professional with firsthand knowledge, it will also assist you in developing your network of contacts. When on an Informational Interview you should not ask for a job. Make it clear that you have no job expectations and are seeking information only, from them or others they may know in the field. In addition to developing your network, the professional may remember you when a position becomes available - either with their company or another one. Send a thank-you note or letter after the Informational Interview, typed on quality paper or neatly handwritten on a conservatively-designed note card, and include your address and phone number.