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After the Informational Interview

How to Reflect on Your Informational Interview


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After an informational interview, it is important to think over the experience. Remember, the goal of the interview is to learn more about whether or not a particular company, job, or industry is a good fit for you. Setting aside time to reflect upon the interview will help you decide if it is a career path you want to pursue.

Below are a few questions to consider after an informational interview in order to get the most out of the interview.

Reflect on the interview as soon after the interview as possible, when your impressions are still fresh. Consider writing down answers to some of these questions. Even if you only write down brief notes, writing may help you process your thoughts about the interview.

Reflect on the information you gathered and consider issues such as:

1. What are the most important new facts and understandings that you have acquired?

2. Do you think you would be satisfied with the situation your contact described?

3. Do you think you would be dissatisfied with the same thing(s) your contact described as dissatisfying?

4. What is your reaction to the number of hours and type of schedule (set/flexible) described?

5. What is your reaction to the stresses and anxieties of this occupation? Do you want to deal with them?

6. What do you think of the culture of the occupation and/or company (the work environment, the relationships between employees, etc.)? Does it sound like an environment in which you would like to work?

7. What do you need to do to make yourself a competitive candidate?

8. Have you changed your opinion of the occupation as a result of your interview?

9. What misconceptions did you correct?

10. Did any other big red flags come up about the occupation?

Here is information on how to follow up with the interviewer after the interview.

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