Informational interviews are conducted not to apply for a job or internship, but simply to speak to someone in order to gather information. You might interview someone who works in a career field that interests you, or who engages in other activities for which you both share a passion.
Although "formal" informational interviews are best conducted in a private meeting, ASK Night allows you to gather information about post-graduation pursuits in a Logger-friendly environment.
Informational interviews allow you to do some serious "reality checking." You can find out first-hand if the daily duties of a person engaged in particular work match your understanding or expectation of that work.
The information you gather can help you identify the specific needs of a profession or a particular employer. This helps you determine if the challenges match with your interests and skills, which is key in career exploration.
Interviewing for information allows you to establish valuable contacts with people who are in the field you're investigating. These people may also be some of your best sources of information concerning future job leads.
Before ASK Night
During ASK Night:
Questions you might ask at ASK Night (or any other informational interview):
If you meet someone directly involved in your field of interest, you can ask them more detailed questions about their work, day-to-day activities, skills required, etcetera.
Joe graduated and quickly joined the ASK Network as an alumnus. Here's what Joe had to say about his final ASK Night as a student: "ASK Night is an easy way to make connections, become more comfortable and confident with networking interactions, and learn about fields of interest from a first-hand source."