A conversation with a professional to gain insights and information about a particular industry or career.

An Informational Interview is a conversation you initiate with someone working in a field or role you’re interested in learning more about [1, 2]. It’s not a job interview, but rather an opportunity to gain insights into the profession, company culture, and potential career paths.

Here’s a deeper look at the key characteristics and benefits of informational interviews:


  • Exploration: Informational interviews allow you to explore career options and gather information about a specific field or role that interests you.
  • Networking: They provide a chance to connect with professionals in your desired field, build your network, and potentially gain valuable career advice.
  • Learning: Through conversation, you can learn about the day-to-day responsibilities, required skills, and career progression within a particular role or industry.


  • Gaining Insider Perspective: Get firsthand information about the realities of a job and the industry from someone with experience.
  • Identifying Skills and Qualifications: Understand what skills and qualifications are most valued by employers in your target field.
  • Building Confidence: Talking to professionals can boost your confidence and help you articulate your career goals more effectively.
  • Exploring Company Culture: Gain insights into the work environment and company culture at specific organizations.
  • Finding Mentors: Informational interviews can lead to the development of mentoring relationships with professionals in your field of interest.

How to Conduct an Informational Interview:

  • Research: Identify professionals in your target field and research their background and expertise.
  • Reach Out: Send a polite email or LinkedIn message requesting an informational interview, explaining your interest and goals.
  • Prepare Questions: Develop thoughtful questions about the role, industry, and the professional’s career path.
  • Conduct the Interview: Be respectful of the professional’s time, keep the interview focused, and express your gratitude.
  • Follow Up: Send a thank-you note after the interview, reiterate your interest, and mention any specific takeaways.