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Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing is one of the best ways to get good career information and start building your network of career contacts after graduation. It simply involves talking with people who have knowledge about a career field that interests you.

In a brief appointment, which usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes (maybe less if by phone), you ask questions to learn about such things as pros and cons of the work, the demands, the sources of satisfaction, the training required, the future outlook, how to get started in the field, and more. Informational Interviewing allows you to gain knowledge about the field from an “insider’s” perspective. It can help you decide if you really want to pursue the career field, and give you valuable information and contacts for your job search.

Steps to Successful Information Interviewing:

Identify Contacts

Ask To Meet

Prepare Thoroughly

Conduct the Interview Professionally


Contact Us

Career Options Resource Center
Harold Johnson Library, Third Floor
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax 413.559.6148

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