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Information you gather first-hand from people in the field is generally the most up-to-date information available. Since it reflects current market realities, an information interview is one of the best ways to find out about trends, future prospects, and hot opportunities.
You can conduct an informational interview in person, by phone, or by email.
The person you talk with would probably expect the following questions. Think about these questions and rephrase them to best reflect your own personality and the occupation you’re considering:
If you don’t know anyone working in the occupation you’re interested in:
Before you approach someone to book an information interview or workplace visit, do your homework:
Make a list of the people you would like to contact for an informational interview including the name, organization, email, and phone numbers.
My Favourite Occupations: for example, music therapist or carpenter (enter occupations 1 per line or separate by commas)
My Notes and Ideas: for example, ask my friends if they know someone in construction
This personal information is being collected and used pursuant to section 33(c) and section 39(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This information is being collected and retained on the system to facilitate your personal career planning process and to make it available for your ongoing use. You may choose to share this information with a Career Advisor to support the provision of career planning services. Please contact alis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-422-1794 if you have any questions regarding the collection or use of the information you submit.