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How To: Informational Interviewing

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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Conducting informational interviews to build your network and conduct research

Want to investigate a certain career, research a company, learn more about an industry, and build your network?  Meeting with someone who has first-hand experience is an ideal way to do so. 

Informational Interviews are meetings you hold with a …

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So you have an informational interview, now what? Managing your meeting.

Once you’ve secured an informational interview, you’ll want to think about how to structure it so that you can establish a genuine connection, build empathy and advocacy, as well as demonstrate your enthusiasm, knowledge and professionalism.

Informational interviews are not …

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Informational Interviews: How do you get started?

In business school, the informational interview is talked about often.  Students are encouraged to leverage alumni and individuals whose careers have already launched. They have experience, have been in your shoes, and were likely given the generosity of informational interviews …

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Following up after an informational interview

Doing an informational interview is often a productive and dynamic way to do research on the industry, roles and companies you are interested in.  What a privilege that busy people have taken time out of their day to help you! 

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Connect with alumni to drive your career search

Networking can feel overwhelming.  But, we know that networking is powerful and a skill set that business school students around the world work hard to develop. Why?  The Wall Street Journal reports that up to 80% of jobs are …

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Transferable Skills: The Key to Landing Your Dream Job

For many people, making a career switch might feel like you’re starting over from scratch. But that’s not true: You have transferable skills. “Most job seekers think the skills they use for their current job only translate for that particular …

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