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CAREER CONVERSATIONS

A career conversation, also known as an informational interview, is a one-on-one meeting with a professional in the field you’re interested in pursuing. Unlike a job interview, you must request a meeting and develop the talking points and direction of the conversation, typically by sending a brief email.

Tips:

  • Once you’ve found a person you’re interested in talking to, ask them to have a 20-minute phone call or in-person meeting.
  • Keep an open mind. Remember—you’re trying to gather insights.
  • Prepare thoroughly! Research the person’s background and their organization.
  • Compile a list of at least ten questions you’d like to ask.
  • Never ask for a internship or job—that is not the purpose of a career conversation.
  • Feel free to find out if this person has any other contacts whom you could speak with.
  • Follow up with a thank-you note—preferably handwritten.