Who Benefits Most From An Informational Interview?

I was quoted in The Modesto Bee Worker Wise Blog on Sunday about Informational Interviews. It’s a great tool when you understand the dynamics of an informational interview.

You can position this business meeting with a Human Resource professional who wouldn’t mind sharing information about a position in for about 10 minutes. People who have experience success in setting up these meetings can get more than 10 minutes, especially if it’s a conversation (but not very casual).

You want information that will help position your resume and future interviews with any company. The benefit is the information, and a small possibility you will be invited to officially interview for a similar position.

I suggest 10 minutes because the HR person doesn’t have to schedule it  (most of the time). Here are some short tips that should help:

  1. Dress as if you would for an interview.
  2. Let the person know the nature of the questions. The agreement takes any potential tension out of the meeting.
  3. Don’t ask for the job. Be forthright with your intentions that you are looking for information.
  4. It’s okay to compare your experience to the required experience for the job.
  5. The key is conversational, and be likeable.
  6. Send a thank you note. Handwritten is better, mail it, and continue to set up other conversations like it.


Here’s the short article, but I included scenarios of what not to do:


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