Informational Interviews: Tips to get started
Informational interviews are an important tool for your professional development where you are able to gain insights from industry professionals by asking questions on best practices, career strategies, and company culture.
Informational interviews are a great way to learn about a career but also to network. Check out Chris Griffin's('13) experience. She graduated with her Master of Science in Conflict Management and participated in our Owl Alumni Career Club.
".... I took your advice and set up an informational interview with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. I interviewed them about their jobs and the paths their careers had taken.... Several months ago a job posting for Hearing Coordinator in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion popped up and it looked perfect for me. I applied for the job and, viola, several rounds later, I am the finalist for the job! I could not be more excited! None of it would have happened if you had not suggested the informational interviews, something I had never done before. "
- Chris Griffin
Her story illustrates the importance of using informational interviews as a part of your job search and professional growth. Below is an example of verbiage to use when reaching out to fellow alumni and industry professionals. Don't forget that there are over 100,000 KSU/SPSU alumni out there to connect with.
Below are questions to use during your informational interviews:
Want more information about informational interviews? Contact our office today and schedule an appointment with the Department of Career Planning and Development, 470-578-6555.
Michael Dutcher | Assistant Director of Campus Engagement | firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Career Planning and Development - Alumni & Student-Athletes
Kennesaw State University