How to build your confidence for informational interviews

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.

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Informational interviews: How to email strangers

As an international student your job search requires a lot of informational interviews. Speaking with people inside of companies helps you understand American business culture. It also helps professionals learn about you. Informational interviewing is intimidating when you first do it. Emailing someone you don’t know to ask for their time without an introduction might feel uncomfortable. Fortunately with a bit of training you can get comfortable with it. You can learn to be successful at it. All you need is an email template and a bit of motivation.

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