Setting Up An Informational Interview

SETTING UP AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW

Before you attempt to schedule an informational interview, develop an outline or script of what you are going to say. This will decrease your anxiety and increase your chances of getting the results you want.

Follow these basic guidelines to set up an informational interview:

  • Say who you are and why you want to get together.
  • Make it clear you are not asking for a job.
  • Mention a personal referral or mutual interest to stimulate interest.
  • Ask for a brief meeting at a convenient time.

SAMPLE LETTER

Dear:

I am a communications major at UCLA, and am interested in a journalism career. Joe Bruin suggested that you might be willing to share your work experiences and offer advice on how

I might better prepare to break into the field.

At this time I am not looking for a job, but am interested in learning as much as I can about journalism as a career field.

I will greatly appreciate spending a few minutes to get your perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in journalism. I will contact you next week to arrange a convenient time to meet.

Sincerely,

Your Name


SAMPLE TELEPHONE SCRIPTS

#1

Hello . . . my name is ________________. Joe Bruin suggested I call you because I am doing some research on careers in journalism. He thought you would be a good person to answer some questions I have about the profession. I could meet you for coffee or lunch one day. Or, if it is more convenient, I could call back at a time when you might have 15 or 20 minutes to spare. Do you think you might be able to find some time for me?

#2

Hello. . . my name is ________________. I recently heard you speak at a Los Angeles Journalism Club meeting. I’m a senior at UCLA, and am interested in a journalism career.

I’m not looking for a specific job at this time, but I’d really appreciate the opportunity to discuss some specific questions about this career field. Could I schedule 15 or 20 minutes with you at your convenience? I could meet you at your office.