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Informational Interviews

An informational interview is a conversation with a professional who can give you information about an organization, a career field, or a particular job that interests you. An informational interview might assist you in the career decision-making process by helping you

  • Understand the day-to-day life of professionals in that field
  • Discover career paths you did not know existed
  • Identify organizations with which you could later seek an internship or a job
  • Prepare for job interviews by becoming better informed about the field

Prepare for an Informational Interview

When conducting an informational interview, make it clear that you are not