Reaching out and asking strangers for a professional interview is a large part of the international student job search. Informational interviews are the must-have tool for your US job search. Without them, you will not get hired in the US.
Informational interviews are conversations with professionals. They give professionals an opportunity to get to know you. Use informational interviews as a tool to build relationships with connections inside companies you’d like to work. When people get to know you and your qualifications, they are more likely to refer you when a position opens.
The conversations also give you an opportunity to learn about the company and roles that interest you. Think of informational interviews as a way of gathering data about a company. The more you know, the more competitive you will be in the job search.