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I have an informational interview with someone who I know has an opening on their team. How do I get an actual interview out of this?

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You ask questions, explains what interests you and why. Find common ground and voila! They will mention it to you.

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I’m not sure why they would do an info interview as interviewing candidates for actual openings already takes a lot of time. They likely do not consider you a candidate and they are likely doing someone a favor by meeting with you (I’ve never done an informational interview that wasn’t a favor. Again, it takes time you often just don’t have to give.) My suggestion is to approach it as if it really is the interview for the opening. Be prompt, polite, grateful, ask thoughtful questions, show your work (if you can). At the end, again do this in a very sincere but not pushy tone, ask if their are any openings you could be a candidate for. If they say no, ask if you can periodically stay in touch. Bottom line: just leave a really good impression.

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Yeah informational interviews are usually done as a favor

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