What is an informational interview? It refers to an informal conversation between two people, in which one person asks for advice on their career, an industry or a company. The end goal of the asking party is often to have the person at the company refer them to their employer, but this should not be your expectation; this talk should be seen as an opportunity that could turn into bigger things.
The term "informational interview" has a bad rap these days. Some companies even forbid their employees from engaging in such interviews. However, as a candidate, whether entry-level, career changer or senior level, they are extremely valuable. Your best bet is to forego the phrase "informational interview" and just ask people to talk to you. Here are some things to keep in mind in preparing for and taking part in an informational interview.