can informational interviews actually be useful?

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If you’ve ever read any job search advice, you’ve probably come across the recommendation to do “informational interviews,” especially if you’re early in your career or trying to switch fields. What are informational interviews? And can they really help you?

The answer is … maybe. It depends entirely on what your goals are in doing them and how you approach them.

At New York Magazine today, I talk about how to get them, how to make them useful, what to ask — and what not to do. You can read

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