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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.

 

Job-related questions


  • What does your current position involve?
  • What do you like and dislike about your role?
  • 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?
  • How would you describe the culture and 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?

 

Additional questions


  • 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?