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Informational Interviews

Informational interviewing is a powerful (and underutilized) career exploration and networking tool that can jump start your career. In an informational interview, you are seeking leads and information regarding an industry, a career path or an employer by talking to people you know or who have been referred to you.

STEP 1 - Understand Informational Interviewing

  1. Understand the Value of Informational Interviews*
  2. Learn about Informational vs. Job Interviews (Lynda.com video, 3m 4s)

STEP 2 - Land & Prepare for the Informational Interview

  1. Land the Informational Interview*
  2. Prepare for an Informational Interview*
  3. Use this template to request Informational Interviews through LinkedIn  

STEP 3 - Conduct an Effective Informational Interview

  1. Know the Dos & Don’ts  (Lynda.com Video, 3m 20s)*
  2. Impress in an Informational Interview*
  3. Ask Smart Informational Interview Questions and make sure to take notes on the information gathered!

STEP 4 - Follow Up

STEP 5 - Contact Career & Professional Development

  • As you complete the activities described above, a career advisor is available to answer questions, provide clarification, and offer support. Request an appointment using the button in the upper right hand corner or send your questions and areas for clarification to careers@wgu.edu and a career advisor will be in touch shortly after your email is received.

*If you have not yet registered with Big Interview:

  1. Visit the link: https://wgu.biginterview.com/
  2. Select the GREEN “Register” button in the upper right hand corner 
  3. Enter your WGU email address, First Name, Last Name and Password of your choice
  4. Select the GREEN “Create My Account” button