As we are going through The Great Resignation
, many are considering the cost of a career change
and looking for resources to help them learn about other related aspects of a career change.
If you’re also thinking about changing careers
, talking to someone who does the job you’re interested in can give you insight into what you will — and will not — like about your desired job.
For someone who hasn’t interviewed for a job in a long time, an informational interview can also provide valuable practice before applying for jobs and going on interviews.
Informational interviews (also called information sessions, informational meetings, or research interviews) are interviews that are conducted to gather information to help prepare for a job interview and/or learn more about a specific job, industry, or company.
However, an informational interview is not
a job interview, and should not be confused with one. With an informational interview, you’re not seeking a job — you are seeking information to help you get a job.
Anyone can conduct an informational interview, although they are most commonly used by new graduates and perhaps those who may feel they have been on a wrong career path
Below is a sample scenario to demonstrate "how to ask" for an informational interview.
Having “inside information” about a company you’re interested in working for, or about a specific job you’re applying for can be very helpful throughout your job search. Getting "inside information" is the purpose of an "informational Interview". Hopefully the sample scenario above will help you to effectively leverage this strategy.