An informational interview is where you seek out advice and information from a professional in a field you are interested in. This is an effective research tool that can help answer questions you might have about what it takes to work in certain industries and the proper steps to get into a career. Informational interviews are often informal and serve as a great networking tool to help you connect with people and careers.
4 steps to set up an informational interview
Subject: Informational Interview Request
Dear Ms. Smith,
My name is Jessie Taylor and I am a senior majoring in marketing at CU Boulder. I recently came across your LinkedIn profile and was intrigued by your experience. I also noticed you’re a CU Boulder alum.
As an aspiring marketer, I’d love to learn more about the skills you’ve used in your career and if you have any advice for getting started. I would love to schedule a short meeting to ask you a few questions. I’m sure you’re busy, so even 15- to 30-minutes would be greatly appreciated.