Informational interviews are powerful career management tools. They typically take the form of short meetings with accomplished professionals who examine your career and share their insight and experience. They often address such questions as whether you should switch industries, move to a different firm, take an international assignment, or become an entrepreneur.
As professionals, our careers tend to be a high priority in our lives. Various factors shape our careers, but which one is the most important? When we asked this question in our reader survey this week, we received 1,136 responses, indicating that there is no single dominant factor.
Patty Buchek, assistant dean for MBA Career Curricula at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, explains why informational interviewing is one of her very favorite career management tools and how to do it well.
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