/ Asked by Larsa
What is the best approach to trying to get an informational interview with employers? I've noticed the only way to contact some big corporations are via a headquarters number, and that doesn't get me anywhere but the desk receptionist who is not generally in a position to help me. 
Answered by Nikki, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Most companies probably don't have informational interviews as you are speaking of. The best way to get information about the company is from their website and networking with individuals that you may know that work there. I create many connections by attending events that are open to all kinds of businesses. I don't use them frequently, but when I do need them, I have an established connection. I know this may not be the answer you want to hear, but it is the best way to get in with an organization.
Answered by Rodd, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Its a great idea to explore companies that you may be interested in for future opportunities. Most companies career sites give you a good understanding of company, culiture and opportunities. It's great to leverage any contacts or people in your network to explore informational interviews as well.
Answered by Kit, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, September 19, 2013
you for your question. Most employers will have an employment office, a human resources department, or someone that is responsible for hiring - politely request to speak to someone in human resources or the person responsible for staffing and, hopefully, that will get you started on the right path. I do recommend doing some research on the company before calling though - you can find a lot of information on their website such as the history of the company, mission, career opportunities, and many other great morsels of information - this will prepare you for a, potentially, meaningful discussion. Much success!
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 27, 2013
Informational interviews are a valuable tool for the job seeker and the key to obtaining them is networking.  As you stated, simply calling a company in which you have interest will not get you far.  Instead, you should utilize professional networking tools such as LinkedIn, to identify people at your targeted companies who have expertise or influence in your desired field.  Connect with them on-line and follow-up with an e-mail requesting an informational interview.  This is the way to get to the people who can give you the most meaningful information about the jobs in which you have interest.
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