I enjoy doing informational interviews, especially when someone’s looking for a marketing job here in the Raleigh area. After my long job search last year, I’m glad to share my advice, especially when a friend has referred someone to me.
But please, for the love of God, don’t email me asking to “pick [my] brain” and “treat [me] to coffee.”
First, I hate the catchphrase “pick your brain.” Just say you’d like to get my advice about looking for a marketing job in the Triangle, because XYZ.
And second, the whole ‘free coffee’ thing? Whether you’re trying to be friendly (good) or trying create a sales-y sense of obligation (bad), I don’t like the implication that 30-45 minutes of highly-targeted advice is worth $2.99. Either I want to meet with you or not.
QUESTION: Does “pick your brain” bother you, too?