Email Requesting an Informational Interview

Most informational interviews are arranged via email. Your email should include a brief introduction of yourself, including your intended career goals. Let the contact know who referred you to them and how they can help you.

Sample Email Requesting an Informational Interview

Dear Ms. Kennedy:

Jane Doe, Director of Development, suggested I contact you. She thought you would be in an excellent position as an alumna to assist me with a career decision.

As an economics major, I am exploring which career path to pursue. Public service, management consulting and IRS work all sound interesting to me at this point, but I want to go into my interviews next term with a clear sense of direction. I would like to get your advice on the long-term career implications of each path as well as a better handle on the day-to-day activities of a consultant.

Would you be willing to speak with me about your career path and offer advice regarding these fields? If so, please let me know some times you are available to meet in the next week or two. Thank you for considering my request.

Sincerely,

Paula Plantz

Sample Thank You for Informational Interview

Dear Ms. Smith:

Thank you very much for taking the time to meet with me Thursday to discuss the professional growth possibilities in Information Technology. I was impressed by your knowledge of the latest computer technology and appreciated your insight regarding companies that offer internships.

You gave me the name of Ms. Lucia Briggs at IBM to contact and we have an appointment early next month when she returns from a business trip.

I will be in contact from time to time, to keep you posted on my career research and will bring a copy of my résumé to your office as soon as it is ready. Thank you for your help and valuable information.

Sincerely,

Karl Colman

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