You are unhappy in your career and you’ve been tossing around the idea of changing paths or you’ve been out of the workplace or a specific career for some time and you want back in, an informational interview is a great place to start.
This interview is unlike your traditional interview. Generally your first step is to find someone you trust, respect or someone that comes highly recommended within your interested field. Connect with them by phone or email and explain that you are considering a new career path, they came highly recommended as someone who could shed some light on the industry and trends; from there, ask if you could take some time to meet and discuss things further. At their office would be best so you can see the workplace environment, to see this career in a real setting is important.
Prepare for Informational Interview
To prepare for this interview, dress as though it is the real deal. Come prepared with questions that will help you clarify and allow you to make an informal decision on change. Some questions you may want to ask are:
After the interview, be sure to not only send along a handwritten “thank you” but also connect with them on LinkedIn so you have a connection within the field.
In the end an informational interview provides benefits like: