I often describe informational interviews as the secret sauce” in an effective job search.
Most of my clients are really intimidated by these meetings.
I’ll tell you what I tell them.
If someone approached you and said, “I really admire the work that you do. I am looking to enter into your field. Would you mind if I bought you coffee and asked you for some advice?”
“My guess is that if you had time you’d probably say “of course!” People generally really enjoy giving advice.
And that’s exactly what your asking for in an informational interview. ADVICE. Not a job.
But here’s the thing…when you land the meeting, you are going to build rapport and the person on the other side of the table will become invested in you. Company’s do not like to hire “strangers”. According to data from SHRM, internal sources ultimately produced 52 percent of hires in 2016.