For this assignment, you need to download and complete the Week 8:. Provide your questions in the left column and your interviewee’s response in the right column. Provide both to earn full credit.
There are FIVE steps to the Informational Interview.
Step 1: Compile a list of individuals in your target career field whom you would like to interview. Try to identify people who are working at a company in which you are interested. This is a good opportunity to practice your networking skills. Let your classmates, friends, family members, and colleagues know that you need to complete an informational interview with someone in your intended career field. You’ll be amazed at how effective networking can be.
Step 2: Prepare a brief introduction of yourself and the purpose(s) of the informational interview. Prepare a list of 10 open-ended questions that would be appropriate to ask during the informational interview. An Internet search using “informational interview” will provide you with many examples of questions you might want to use.
Step 3: Practice your interview with a classmate, friend, family member, or colleague and ask them to critique your performance. Identify ways to improve based on their feedback.
Step 4: Set up a day and time for the interview and be sure to confirm. This can be a Skype/WebEx/Zoom or phone interview – whatever works best for the both of you. Document the interviewee’s responses to your questions on the assignment template in the 2nd column. Put your questions in the first column.
Step 5: Send a thank-you letter, note, or email to the interviewee within 24-48 hours of completing the interview. And if appropriate, be sure to connect with them via LinkedIn.