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Informational Interview Tips for Creatives

Informational Interview Tips for Creatives

Carol Martin/Monster Contributing Writer


Informational interviewing is a largely overlooked process, because it is misunderstood. In an informational interview, you are seeking leads and information regarding an industry, a creative career path or an employer by talking to people you know or who have been referred to you. But before you run out and begin informational interviewing, you have to do your homework.

Follow these 10 tips to prepare:

Identify the Information You Want

Deciding which position, company or industry you want to learn about will depend on what you want to do with your life and career. You should have a sense of what is important to you and what you want. <a href=” an art school education will help you discover your passion!

Make a List of People You Know

Choose those who can help you connect to other people within a graphic design firm, film studio or general art industry. Since this is part of networking, you will want to include anyone and everyone you know, from your barber to your sister-in-law.

Make the Appointment

Set up a 15- to 30-minute interview with the person identified, regarding his specialty. Most people will be more than happy to help you. Don’t get discouraged if you find some people are just too busy to give you an appointment.

Plan an Agenda for the Session

This is your meeting. Don’t assume the person will give you the information you need unless you ask the right questions. Select questions that will give you the most information. Be efficient, and do not overstay your welcome.

Conduct Yourself as a Professional

Dress and act the role of the position you are seeking — even though most informational interviews are conducted over the phone these days. Know as much as possible about the company before the interview so you can ask informed questions.

Show Interest

A little flattery goes a long way. Say something like, “Mary gave me your name and told me you’re considered to be an ”">expert in illustration. How did you get started?"

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