Week 3: Preparing and Conducting an Informational Interview
Different from a job interview, an informational interview is a conversation you arrange with someone who works in a field or company that interests you. The goal is to gain first-hand insight about an industry, organization, or specific occupational area. Informational interview questions focus on topics such as how to break into an industry, what a career in that field or organization is really like, and whether it fits your qualifications and interests. Because you are not seeking a job offer, think of informational interviewing as a way to gather information and to prescreen a potential career, industry, or company.
Describe and explain what the value of an informational interview is for you and support your viewpoint with a direct quote from DeVry’s Informational Interview Guideor another scholarly source. Cite your sources in APA format.
Looking ahead: You will be conducting an Informational Interview for your assignment that is due in Week 8. Now is the time to get started! Compile a list of professionals in your target career field who have a minimum of 2-3 years in that position. Identify people who are working at a company similar to one in which you are interested. Prepare a list of 10 potential questions to learn more about the career and what it’s like to work in that occupation. Plan for a 20-30 minute Informational Interview. Reach out and arrange a day and time to conduct your informational interview and be sure to confirm. This can be an in-person interview, Skype/Zoom/WebEx, or phone interview—whatever works best for both of you. Don’t wait until Week 8 to work on this assignment!