An informational interview is typically a question-and-answer style conversation that takes place between a job seeker and an established, professional person who has the power to help her or the wisdom to offer her some advice. Traditional interviews are usually scheduled and controlled by employers with open positions to fill, but informational interviews are scheduled by candidates—candidates who are searching for some insight, guidance, and opportunity.If you’re an ambitious job seeker, there are several benefits to this model: first, you’re the one who calls this meeting, and you control the agenda. Second, if you handle this interaction well and make a strong impression on your interviewee, you’ll have made a connection and opened a door, even if she can’t offer you any leads right now. And at the very least, you’ll have a chance to practice your professional communication skills. To get the most out of your meeting, keep a few tips in mind.