Informational interviews are a great way to connect with professionals to learn about industries you may want to pursue. This is one of the best ways to gather information on the requirements, rewards, and even day-to-day responsibilities of working in a specific industry or corporation from someone on the inside.
To initiate an informational interview, ask the professional, by e-mail or phone if they will meet with you to answer questions, because you are interested in their occupation. Set a meeting time and place that is convenient with them (meeting at their work is always a plus). Prior to your meeting research the company and develop some questions that you would like to ask them. Check the Informational Interview quick tip for some suggested questions. Make sure and send them a thank you note within 24 hours of your meeting.
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