In a post on the Daily Muse, Jennifer Winter spells out a few tips for avoiding an awkward informational interview.
1. Come prepared. Do research on the firm and the attorneys before the meeting.
2. Keep it short. Make sure not to take up too much of your contact’s time. If the attorney wants to, he or she can extend the interview or start to wrap up. This is a courteous way to ensure you’re not taking up too much of their time.
3. Cement the connection. Follow up with a thank-you note–it shows you truly appreciated your meeting–and it could open the door to further career opportunities some day.
Informational interviews are all about forging connections and broadening your understanding of your career. You can read more of Winter’s advice here.