Perfect timing or terrible timing in informational interview request?
July 25, 2014 10:43 AM Subscribe
Was just browsing profiles on LinkedIn with the thought of learning more about an organization that I just applied to. Found a person who I have a number of connections in common with who may very well work in one of the departments that I applied for. Was thinking of sending this person an informational interview request but I don't want to come off as clandestinely seeking an "in" for an interview for this specific opening. Advice on whether/how to proceed?
posted by thesnowyslaps to Work & Money (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Recent graduate here, trying to learn how to effectively "network." I learned about an organization recently that is directly in my area that I have a high level of interest in working at. Earlier this week, they posted a couple of ads for positions that I look to be basically qualified for. Yay! I applied!
Speed forward a couple of days, and I was thinking about next steps in my job search and decided that I should start trying to put some energy into getting informational interviews with people at organizations I am interested in. So I embarked on a LinkedIn search and came up with a person who works at the organization that I just applied to, seemingly within one of the departments that I applied to. We have a number of elements in our background which are similar (same undergrad, same employer after undergrad) plus a number of common connections. Normally, I would feel totally comfortable sending her a random message and asking if she would be willing to meet for an informational interview, but I feel a bit strange about it when I know I already applied for a job that is likely in her department. Would it be weird to send the request, or should I wait a bit? It seems like a potential opportunity to speak with someone doing work in my area of interest and maybe even to get an "in" on the job (or if nothing else to get an "in" on talking to more people at the organization), but I feel a bit sneaky doing it.