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#664250 - 02/18/11 03:44 PM Occupational Information Interviews-change
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I have changed to my latest article's title from "Information Interview" to "Occupational Information Interview." There was some confusion by some readers because they are often referred to as "informational interview." I thought the new term (which I borrowed from a professor) may be less confusing.

In my training (textbooks, internships, etc.) they were always referred to as Information Interviews. More and more, I am seeing the term "information" replaced by "informational." I am not an expert, but I think that may be a hypercorrection. I think the term was originally meant to describe what you might get out of the interview (information -a noun) not describing the type of interview (which would require an adjective). I think it was supposed to be parallel to job interview.

I decided to go with Occupational Information Interview because it seemed more descriptive and less confusing. I hope I am right. smile



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#664409 - 02/19/11 02:30 PM Re: Occupational Information Interviews-change [Re: Susan-Colleges]
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Hi Susan

I have in the past known them as infomrational interviews, and my understanding was that it was a concept imported from the US. I have used it as a technique and recommended it to clients/students when working in career guidance (what you would term, I think, as career counselling).


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#664411 - 02/19/11 03:16 PM Re: Occupational Information Interviews-change [Re: Asha - Dreams Editor]
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Yes, that term seems to be the term that I see most often now. No matter what someone calls them, I think they can be very helpful.

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#664489 - 02/20/11 04:29 AM Re: Occupational Information Interviews-change [Re: Asha - Dreams Editor]
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Asha,

I know you said that you used to recommend informational interviews. Can you tell us about any of your experiences with them. Either what your clients learned or you personally?

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#672481 - 03/23/11 06:27 PM Re: Occupational Information Interviews-change [Re: Susan-Colleges]
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For students who wish to request this interview by an email letter, the University of Pennsylvania's Career Services Office has a sample letter and advise on their website.


Requesting an Information Interview


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