The Informational Interview: 7 Easy Steps To Success  
4/26/2011 6:19:42 PM

Informational interviews, in which you gather information about a contact’s job and industry, are vitally important to learning about new careers and opportunities. Plus, it’s precisely when jobs aren’t available that people are willing to meet with motivated job seekers as a way to develop a strong talent pool for the future. An informational interview can put you at the head of the line when a position appears, lead to valuable employment contacts, or simply help you figure out your next career move. You have two routes to getting an informational interview — using an introduction from someone in your network or cold-calling.