So you guys, I just got featured on LinkedIn News’ Andrew Seaman’s Newsfeed! This will mark my thirty-ninth time being featured as part of a LinkedIn News post. Here’s to more in 2024!

Please check out this fantastic article by LinkedIn as part of their weekly News editorials from Andrew Seaman with our president, Matt Warzel, as a contributor – ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ผ๐—ฏ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€

One of the most effective ways to learn about a career or an industry is with an informational interview.

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โ€œOverall, informational interviews can be a valuable tool for anyone looking to gain a better understanding of a specific field or industry, as well as for those who are trying to find job opportunities, build connections, and advance in their career,โ€ says Matt Warzel, who career coach and resume writer.

But if you donโ€™t know the person or have any immediate connections, that doesnโ€™t necessarily mean you have to abandon the conversation altogether. You just need to put in a bit more research.

How to Ask for an Informational Interview

Warzel adds that itโ€™s generally a good idea to do your due diligence by researching your desired interviewee before you make the first contact.

โ€œBefore you ask someone for an informational interview, make sure you know who they are and what they do,โ€ says Warzel. โ€œLook them up on LinkedIn, research their background and experience and identify what they can specifically offer you.โ€

From there, he advises that you personalize your message and make it clear that you have done your research and know who they are.

Warzel also says you should explain your reasons for wanting to interview them, as this shows that you have done your research and know about the field or industry.

Above all, Warzel states that the most important thing to remember with your request is to be polite, respectful and professional โ€” and to not be discouraged if they say no.

How to Prepare Questions for the Interview

Warzel adds a few more helpful tips when it comes to preparing for your interview:

  • Practice the questions beforehand with a friend or family member to become comfortable with the format and the flow of the conversation.
  • Make sure to dress professionally (even if itโ€™s a virtual meeting).
  • Be on-time.
  • Remember to bring something to take notes with, as this will help you reflect back on the interview later.
  • Send a follow-up letter to your interviewee after the meeting thanking them for their time.

โ€œBy preparing beforehand, you will be able to make the most of your informational interview and gain valuable insights and advice from the person you are interviewing,โ€ said Warzel. โ€œYou’ll also be able to make a good impression which may lead to future connections and opportunities.โ€


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