Three-Step Process for Successful Informational Interviews

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Informational interviewing is relatively unique to U.S. culture, specifically U.S. business culture. As such, global students and even American students with diverse backgrounds often find the process intimidating. This is a perfect example of risk versus reward. Informational interviews can be one of the best ways to learn more about a position, build relationships within a company, and ultimately receive an invitation for a formal interview.

This three-step process will help you take the risk and succeed with informational interviews.

Step One: Craft an effective informational interview request.

Step Two: Choose relevant, interesting questions to guide for conversation.

Step Three: Conduct an impressive informational interview.

Author: Grayson Leverenz

Grayson Leverenz founded MBA in the USA® to help international students build networks, find jobs, and have fun in the USA. Hundreds of global professionals have benefited from Grayson’s intercultural workshops, and she has worked with people from Brazil, China, India, South Africa, South Korea, the UK, and the USA to build effective virtual teams and craft brilliant careers.

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