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What is an informational interview anyway?

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Monday, November 15, 2010
So you’ve heard a lot about informational interviews but don’t really get what they are?

Basically an informational interview is a more casual (but still very important!!) chat with someone where you get to ask them about what they do, what advice they have for you, how to get into what they do and how to find a job.

Let’s say you’re interested in working on the Hill. You know there’s a friend of a friend of yours who works in some office. You ask that person if you can take them for coffee, or pick their brain for 20 minutes about what they do. You then get to meet with them and chat with them and start a relationship with them (no no, not that kind. The networking kind of relationship!). The idea is that you get to know a bit more about what it’s like to work on the Hill and that person will let you know when they hear of jobs that open up... and presto! You apply for jobs and get hired! (Well not quite... but you get the idea...)

Go make your list of people you want informational interviews with and start to reach out!

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