Informational interviews are conducted not to apply for a job or internship, but simply to speak to someone in order to gather infomation. 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 a "formal" informational interview is conducted best in a private meeting, ASK Night allows you to begin to gather information from others about post-graduation pursuits.
Informational interviews allow you to do 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 is essential in helping you identify the specific needs of a profession or a particular employer. This helps you determine if the challenges can be matched by the interests and skills you possess, which is always the key issue when you engage in a career search.
Interviewing for information allows you to establish valuable contacts with people who are in the field you are investigating. These are some of the people who may be your best sources of information concerning future job leads.
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."