Thinking that you’d like to set up an informational interview in your chosen field? Good for you. An informational interview is not like a typical interview; in this case, there is no “want ad” to answer and no open position to fill. It’s simply a way to make contact with someone who works at a company that interests you. It’s a method of getting your name out there while learning more about careers in your industry.
Last week, we discussed Step 1 (How to get the informational interview ball rolling) and Step 2 (Prepare in advance). Here’s the last step:
Step 3 – Make initial contact.
When you feel ready to make contact, try sending an email first so they’re not caught off guard by a random phone call. If you can’t locate their email address, then the call is okay. Present yourself professionally; tell them something like, “My name is so-and-so and I’m interested in learning more about (X type of) careers at your firm. I’d love it if we could set up a time to talk.” Of course, it helps to draft a couple of practice emails or do a few test-runs of your phone message before sending it out there.
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