How to conduct an informational interview
September 6, 2012 11:22 AM Subscribe
What questions does one ask in an informational interview so as not to appear to be looking for a new job?
posted by otherwordlyglow to Work & Money (7 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
I'm doing a mentoring program at the large institution where I've worked for 6 years. My mentor and I are both clear that a new job, outside of my current department, but within the institution is a possibility and something to consider. For now, though, he thinks I should go on a bunch of informational interviews to figure out if there are opportunities within other departments and/or whether I'd be a good match. Some of the interviews will be with people I've met before, some will be with unfamiliar people.
I'm supposed to come up with a list of questions I think would be good to ask but I'm also told that I should be careful of looking like I'm asking for a job. So what do I ask?
I've done plenty of regular job interviews but hardly any informational interviews in my career and the ones I did were probably 20 years ago.