How To: Informational Interviewing

Ten Steps to Effective Informational Interviewing

By Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie, Director of Recruiting & Retention, and Shelley Levine, Perkins Coie, Attorney Recruiting Manager 

If hearing the word “networking” makes you uneasy, then the idea of an informational interview may cause you serious discomfort. Many people shy …

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Career Management: It’s more than resumes and interviews!

We know that too many students think that the work of finding a job out of business school is simply about writing resumes and hoping to land interviews. We also know that the process can be overwhelming and feel like …

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For business students who are considering an international career in the public sector, one of the first steps is to learn about the most common opportunities available. These include:

Diplomacy
Global Affairs
National and International Agencies
Private Consulting

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4 Tips for Building Relationships Through Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are treasure troves of information. What you collect from these types of networking meetings—in which you build relationships with people at the organizations you want to join—can provide you with insights that can help you improve your resume, cover …

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How to Master the Initial Networking Email [INFOGRAPHIC]

Networking is a key aspect of paving your career path, and building new connections takes time and careful planning. Learning how to write a professional, engaging networking email is the first step to successfully growing your network. Check out the …

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The Power of the Informational Interview

An informational interview is a meeting in which a job seeker asks for first-hand career, industry or company information and advice rather than ask about job leads or job openings. Scheduling and holding in-person informational interviews should be at, or …

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Career Management: It’s more than resumes and interviews!

We know that too many students think that the work of finding a job out of business school is simply about writing resumes and hoping to land interviews. We also know that the process can be overwhelming and feel like …

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How to Ace ‘Guesstimate’ Interview Questions

Guesstimates such as How many ping-pong balls fit in a 747? are among the most unnerving interview questions you can receive. They can seem so off the wall that they can shake up even the most calm, collected candidate. In …

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Writing a meaningful informational interview outreach message

Given the increased competitive marketplace business school students are facing, skills in networking is imperative.  Reaching out to new contacts is a way to demonstrate your strong communication and mature relationship management skills. Learning to write outreach messages both quickly …

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How to prepare for and successfully manage an informational interview

Being able to structure a meeting with set goals in mind, is an essential professional capability in business, and a key function for any networking meeting. When you are able to secure a meeting with an important contact, you want …

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