Informational Interview Instructions
Your informational interview is due at the end of Week 7, but you should get started on it now.
(recommend completing during Week 5)
In Part 1 of this activity, you will complete the following tasks:
How to Do an Informational Interview
Select your prospective interview candidate. See below for guidance on identifying a suitable
Gather professional/biographical details about your prospective interview subject.
Request an interview by email, by phone, or in person. If you're going to send your request by
these email templates
for suggested wording. Consider copying me on the request.
To identify a suitable interview subject, find professionals in your career you would like to explore.
Think about tapping these sources:
Check with your personal and professional networks and professors to connect you with
professionals in your field of interest.
Check within Community Connect within CareerQuest or the UMUC Alumni LinkedIn group for
access to potential alumni and mentors.
Consider members within student or professional organizations you have joined or would like to
There are no restrictions on your interviewee’s location. CareerQuest has a video chat feature
you can use if you connect with your subject through that platform.
After you explore your interviewee options, request the interview. Reach out in a timely manner,
as many professionals have demanding schedules and may not be available right away. It is also
wise to consider having more than one potential interview candidate, in case your first choice
doesn't pan out.