Informal interviews and informational interviews sound similar, but are actually quite different in many respects.
Informal interviews take place as part of the hiring process. You are called in to be interviewed, but instead of the interview taking place in a formal setting, it takes place in an informal setting, such as at a restaurant or over coffee.
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Informational interviews, on the other hand, do not take place as part of the hiring process, but instead as part of networking. Thus, you are the one soliciting the meeting and you are the one asking the questions to learn more about a company, a profession or an industry.
Here are some relevant articles on informational interviewing:
Thus, informal interviews are conducted at the request and for the benefit of employers whereas informational interviews are held at the request of job seekers and for their benefit. Where both informal interviews and informational interviews meet is that both take place in an informal setting, but that’s pretty much all that they have in common.