Considering changing careers? Begin with an Informational Interview.

informational interview

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:

  • What was the motivating factor for you to enter this field?
  • What was your original background?
  • If I were to enter this career, would you recommend any additional schooling, training or education?
  • What are some of your major accomplishments?
  • What are some losses?
  • How does a typical day play out for you?
  • If you had a choice to do it all again, would you?
  • Post-Interview

    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:

  • Gaining valuable knowledge to help you make a career decision and help you create an amazing resume and cover letter.
  • Giving you a connection within the field.
  • Allowing you to ask candid questions about the career and prepare you for questions you will face in a real interview.
  • Shedding light on other directions this career can take you.
  • 2018-04-26T20:00:49+00:00April 26th, 2018|News|