Richard Nelson Bolles, author of the career handbook, “What Color Is Your Parachute?” describes informational interviews as "trying on jobs to see if they fit you." In keeping with that description, informational interviews are an integral part of your networking and job-seeking plan. By seeking out and going on informational interviews, you gain interviewing experience, as well as visibility with potential future employers. It also allows you the opportunity to network with others in your field of interest, which in today's day and age is extremely important especially with all of the growing technologies and social media sites. It is most important to begin to build a strong network and rapport with the career contacts that you have met with. By building this network you will be able to reach out to a wide variety of professionals when you are ready for that phase of career planning and looking for your ideal next step.
Lisa Hutchins, HR coordinator, Ruder Finn