How Do You Arrange an Information Interview?
Contact organizations that employ people with career interests similar to yours. If you are unaware of agencies, organizations, or companies that employ people who are doing jobs that interest you, resources like Voyager alumni search and using the internet will help you identify specific places to contact. Lawrence alumni often are very willing to participate in an information interview. Basically, there are four ways of making contacts:
- Writing an e-mail/letter
- Dropping by without an appointment
- By referral - Either have someone who knows the contact make the appointment for you or mention that "_________ suggested that I contact you to see whether you would speak to me."
Whichever means of contacting you choose, make sure that you explain the purpose of requesting an interview. Remember, it is for information as you investigate a particular field. Emphasize that YOU ARE NOT LOOKING FOR A JOB! You only want information. You are interested in that field. Indicate that you would like to speak for approximately 20 or 30 minutes with a person in the area of particular interest to you. Don't be surprised if the interview lasts an hour. People like to be helpful and enjoy talking about themselves. Allow at least one hour between interviews. Frequently, they last longer than you expect and travel time must be figured.