After you have concluded your informational interview, consider three things: record, evaluate, follow-up.
Keep a record of all the professionals you interview to keep yourself organized and to assist you in your follow-up efforts. Be sure to record and organize all of your notes from each of your informational interviews for later reference.
After you organize your notes, evaluate your experience. Ask yourself the following questions:
- How would I evaluate my scheduling and conducting of the informational interview?
- What did I learn from this interview?
- How does this knowledge align with my interests, abilities, skills, etc?
- What information do I still need?
- Which individuals can I connect with and interview next?
- What next steps do I need to take?
Just like after a real interview or a career fair, send a follow-up thank you note (handwritten or typed) within 24-48 business hours.
- Express appreciation for the interview and the information shared
- Include something from the interview that you found particularly interesting or beneficial
- Include some decisions or conclusions as a result of the interview
- If you spoke with several individuals, send separate thank you letters
Also consider keeping in touch with your contact and update them with your future progress. These individuals have the potential to become an important part of your personal network.
If you received any referrals, begin reaching out to them and scheduling your next rounds of informational interviews!