Maintaining the Connection
After each informational interview, write down your reactions and consider how the information fits with other information you have gathered. Evaluate which areas need further exploration or research prior to making decisions and setting goals.
Immediately send a thank-you note to your contact. Stay in touch with all your contacts every few months to update them on your status. By all means, let them know when you land an opportunity! They’ll be interested in your good news.
Networking is a productive use of your time, but it is very time consuming and the payoff doesn’t happen overnight. Don’t give up! Nothing will slow down your job search faster than retreating from your face-to-face networking efforts in favor of sitting at home responding to anonymous job postings.
Also, keep in mind that it is not uncommon for an informational interview to turn into a job interview. Be prepared to respond to questions in full interview mode.