Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is an informal conversation with someone working in a career pathway, organization or industry that interests you who is willing to give you information and advice. Informational interviewing is an effective research tool to acquire a lot of information in a short period of time, in addition to reading books, exploring the Internet and examining job descriptions. The resources below will assist you in getting started by providing a deeper understanding of how to approach this process. While you can approach anyone for an informational interview, alumni of your program and other programs at the University of Chicago, as well as alumni of your previous educational institutions, are more likely to be responsive, so it is a good idea to start there.