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Conducting informational interviews is an excellent way to research companies and find out more about career fields and potential job leads. When you write a letter requesting an informational interview, make it clear that your purpose is to get information and advice - not to get a job. In the letter, introduce yourself and why you are writing. Indicate that you will follow up with a phone call to arrange a meeting time or a telephone interview at a time that is convenient to the employer.

Do not enclose a résumé - you are not asking for a job. If the contact was suggested to you by someone, make sure you include this information. If you did get the contact from an acquaintance, ask him/her for advice and comments on the best approach for asking for the interview.

When writing a letter requesting an information interview, do the following:

  • Introduce yourself and your purpose for writing.
  • Briefly describe your background and why you are interested in the contact's organization.
  • Let the contact know up front how they can help you.
  • Set a time frame of when you intend to follow up by telephone.
  • Be brief and professional.
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