Prepping for an Informational Interview

Whether you are participating in our official “Hornet Huddles” program, or you are simply meeting a professional contact for an informational interview, here are some things to keep in mind:

Before the Meeting

  • Read their LinkedIn profile and/or bio
  • Prepare a list of questions (these can elaborate on things you found in their bio)
  • Make sure you can arrive on time, possibly a couple of minutes early
  • Be mindful of your appearance if you are in-person or over video. You don’t have to wear a suit, but you probably don’t want to be in sweatpants (okay… maybe they won’t actually know if you are in sweatpants on a video screen…)

During the Meeting

  • Thank them for their time
  • Keep notes of what you are learning, what next steps you plan to take, etc.
  • Keep track of time and if you are going over, ask if they have another meeting to get to
  • Ask if you may contact them again in the future with other questions
  • Ask if there are others in their field you might meet to gain additional perspectives

After the Meeting

  • Send them a quick thank you email
  • Set a reminder for yourself to keep in touch with this person— even if it has been 6 months or a year, they might love to hear about your outcomes, see if you followed their advice, etc. This person could be an important part of your network in the future— you never know!