Many times you may want to speak with a professional in the workforce to obtain information about a career field, an organization, or advice on preparing for a specific career. Informational interviews can be a very effective way to research these questions. When contacting alumni or professionals regarding an informational interview, it is best to do so in writing so the interviewee will know what is expected of him or her.
- Introduce yourself and how you found their name and contact information.
- Specify exactly what type of information you want to obtain.
- Let the interviewee know whether you would like a face-to-face meeting, a telephone interview, or even email correspondence. Note that you would appreciate this information at their convenience since you are asking for their assistance.