The do's and don'ts for making the most of an informational interview

Think of informational interviews as casual way to learn more about a future workplace. Photo by: Devex

Whether you are just starting out or looking to transition to a new area of global development, the informational interview is an effective tool for learning about the career paths and employers available, the kinds of skills and experience you will need, and cultivating a network that can help you get there.

While the benefits of informational interviews are widely understood, knowing how to actually ask for them and what to expect isn’t always as clear. Most employers do not have a formal process for conducting informational interviews, so it requires navigating informal channels through personal connections and outreach. Some may be conducted more like a structured interview, but more often they are casual conversations just as likely to happen in a coffee shop or over Skype as in the boardroom.

This article was last updated on 14 November 2017

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  • Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.