How do you handle an informational interview?

Remember: NEVER use an informational interview to ask for a job!


  • Be on time, or a few minutes early (15 minutes at the most)
  • If you are unable to keep the appointment, cancel by phone.  Don’t just fail to show up!
  • Plan to spend 20 minutes — and never more than 30 minutes


Questions and answers

Final five minutes

  • Ask for contacts or referrals
  • Ask if you may use the interviewer’s name in approaching these contacts or referrals
  • Thank the interviewer for meeting with you
  • State how helpful the information was in your career search

Thank you note