Sample Questions for Informational Interviews
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Conducting informational interviews is a great way to make connections and learn more about a career field that interests you. Make the most of the experience by planning out your questions in advance. Remember: Do not ask directly for a job interview or a job.
- What does your job involve?
- What do you like and dislike about your job?
- How do you spend your typical day?
- What kinds of problems do you deal with? What kinds of decisions do you make?
Questions about the career field
- What are typical entry-level jobs in this field?
- How did you get into this field?
- What are the trends in this field?
- What journals or websites do you regularly read to keep up with developments?
- What LinkedIn groups should I join to stay up to date on what people are saying in the field?
Questions about the employer
- What are the toughest challenges your organization faces?
- What is the corporate climate at your organization (casual, busy, etc.)?
- How does your job fit into the organization or department?
Questions about breaking into the field or organization
- What types of internship opportunities exist in this field?
- Given my background, where do you see me starting in this profession?
- How would you suggest that I break into this field?
- Can you suggest anyone else whom I could contact for additional information?
- In which professional associations do you participate? Can nonmembers attend meetings?
- Is there someone in that organization you might refer me to for an informational interview?
- May I stay connected with you via LinkedIn?
- May I give you a copy of my resume?
- How would I apply for a job in your organization?