Informational Interview Tips: Who to Network With and What to Ask (Part 1)

Informational Interview Tips Who to Network With and What to Ask (Part 1)You must speak with people if you are serious about transitioning in your career. It is absolutely not enough to sit behind a computer screen. Signing up for Monster, TheLadders and/or Indeed is not enough. You need to have a cup of coffee (or go on a Skype call) with a person who has had the job you desire, worked for the firm on your target list, or been around within your desired industry.

Watch to learn what types of people you must network with and consider my sample questions so that you get enormous value out of those crucial talks.

Melissa Llarena

Melissa helps movers and shakers up to those in the corner office rediscover what makes them unique so that they can land their dream job in a forward-thinking company where their ideas are listened to, valued, and supported.

She brings insights from having worked in 16-business units (including Human Resources) in NY, Paris, and London. Additionally, in her former corporate career, she worked on billion-dollar brands for P&G and on IBM for Ogilvy & Mather. Later, as the founder and CEO of Career Outcomes Matter, Melissa created a 3-step “sellable strengths” process which has been the centerpiece of her clients' results.

Melissa applies this method consistently to support mid-level professionals up to the c-suite to get into Fortune Global 500 organizations and agencies. She studied Psychology at NYU and earned her MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.


  1. Linnea on November 4, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Perfect timing! I did a lot of informal informational interviews at a conference I attended this weekend and a formal sit-down one this week. I’m putting your advice into action!

    • Melissa on November 4, 2012 at 9:46 pm

      Awesome to hear Linnea! I hope you got a great deal of value from those encounters.

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