An informational interview can be conducted by connecting with someone based on your interest in a particular career field, occupation, employer, or organization. It could be as formal as an in-office appointment or as casual as a chat over a cup of Starbucks; there's no requisite meeting format. The particulars should be determined by the preferences of the individuals involved. Participating in a number of informational interviews allows you to discover potential career trajectories or to align your career aspirations to a specific position title. It's also an easy way to practice interviewing skills without the nervousness and pressure of a formal interview and a great opportunity to make networking connections within an organization.
Resources & Strategies
Resources to Build Connections:
- Irish Compass: Connect with alumni who have opted in to support ND students and alumni with a wide variety of career development topics, including informational interviewing
- Notre Dame Alumni Directory: Discover information you can't find anywhere else through Notre Dame's largest directory
- LinkedIn (User Guide): View professional profiles, join groups, and follow employers to build connections and learn from industry professionals
- Career Shift : Search for industry professionals to discover contact information
- The 2-Hour Job Search (Steve Dalton - Senior Career Consultant and Associate Director at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business): Offers job seekers expert advice and practical guidance to being more effective and efficient in today’s dynamic job market. Dalton’s innovative approach to the job search has been shared at universities and colleges across the globe. Read more on Informational Interviewing in this downloadable PDF, shared with permission from the author.
- The Art of the Informational Interview (Official LinkedIn Blog)
- Mastering the Informational Interview (The New York Times)