- Identify the field, department, position and individual that interests you.
- After evaluating your skills, interests and values through the assessment process and investigating KP career information through the links provided on this site, you will have several areas to investigate. By exploring more than one job title, you can make more informed choices and decisions with a broader perspective.
- Prepare for the interview
- Read all you can about the field, department, position or individual. Get a general understanding of what skills and training are required. Prepare a list of questions for your interviewer based on the information you would like to confirm or clarify.
- Make a list of people to contact for informational interviews.
- Use the KP intranet, organizational charts and friends or colleagues to help connect you to the right people. It's always easiest to start with the people you know and those who know your skills. If you don't have a name of a primary contact in a new area you are researching, send a short individual email to your current contacts asking them if they know someone who might know the person or information you are looking for.
- Arrange the interview, at their convenience.
- Send an email first to request a meeting and follow up with a phone call. Whether calling or emailing, be sure to cover the follow information:
- Introduce yourself and your current role/department.
- Specify that you are investigating potential career options for yourself and would like to gather information about their department, field or position.
- Ask for the information interview. Specify how long the interview might take (20-30 minutes is reasonable). Ask for an in-person meeting if possible, since face-to-face meetings tend to be more memorable.
Conduct the interview.
Dress appropriately, arrive on time and be professional. Bring your prepared questions but allow time and space for spontaneous discussion. Before you leave, ask for names of others who might be helpful in your research process. Ask permission to use your contact's name when asking for information interviews with the new contacts.
Take time immediately after the information interview to write notes and reflect upon the information you've gathered. How are you feeling about the position, department or field after learning this new information? How does it compare to the other areas you have explored? Is this a realistic area for you to continue pursuing? What new information might you need? What roadblocks might be in your way? What other avenues warrant investigation?
Always follow up immediately with a thank-you letter or email. Comment on the benefits of the meeting in your note. Record the information you gathered as well as your thoughts about how the information affects your interest in the department, field or position.