spacer image
spacer image
spacer image  
Login  
spacer image
The Career Key By Lawrence K. Jones, Ph.D., NCC
Career Development
spacer image
spacer image

Information Interviewing

If done well, meeting face-to-face with a worker will give you high-quality information about that occupation. The job comes alive. And, you are able to ask specific questions, to probe in depth.

Information interviewing can be organized into eight steps:

  1. Learn as much as you can about the job in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

  2. Develop a list of people you might contact with the help of family and friends. These are people who have first-hand knowledge of the job, or people who can give you the names of people who do know about it.

  3. Send a short, personal letter to the person you choose (a) telling them what you want to learn, (b) requesting an appointment, and (c) indicating that you will call to set up a meeting time.

  4. Make the call to set up the appointment.

  5. Prepare for your meeting by clarifying in your mind what you want to learn. Write down a list of questions you want to ask.

  6. Conduct the interview -- arrive on time, dress appropriately, ask open-ended questions, listen carefully, make brief notes, do not overstay your visit and, at the end, ask for the names of others you might contact for more information.

  7. Write a brief thank you note, mentioning something from your visit.

  8. Review what you learned. For example, do you need more information? How does this job fit you?


spacer image
Return to Make Contact

 

spacer image
Career Development
spacer image
bullet
  The Foundation Skills, Job Skills All Workers Need
  How Parents Can Help
  Sources of Help on the Internet

spacer image

Gettingstarted

Home

Site Map


 

spacer image
spacer image
spacer image
Home | Site Map | Privacy & Disclaimer Statement | Contact Us © 1987-2014 Career Key, Inc. All Rights Reserved.