Networking is the key to getting a job, and informational interviewing is the key to networking. It’s a great way to get information and to make connections.
An informational interview is a conversation with a professional to get information about a job, career field, industry or company. It’s not a job interview but instead gives you the opportunity to network, get information on the job market and learn about potential careers.
It’s easier than you think. Every professional has a story to tell about how they got started. Most people like to tell their story and will be flattered that you want to know about them. Remember, someone probably helped them along the way when they were starting out. They will want to help you, as long as you make a good impression on them.