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Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is a 20 – 30 minute meeting with an experienced professional focused on gathering information about a career of interest.

Why Conduct an Informational Interview?

How to Conduct an Informational Interview

1. Identify the career or industry you would like to explore.

2. Determine who you would like to interview.

3. Schedule the appointment.

4. Prepare for the interview

5. Conduct the interview

Sample Informational Interview Questions

About the career/industry

  • What is a typical career path in this field or organization?
  • On a typical day, what do you do?
  • What are the current trends, changes and issues in the field?

Preparing for this career

  • If you were a college student again, what would you do differently to prepare for this career?
  • What do you feel is the best educational preparation for this career?
  • What skills, qualities or abilities are needed to be successful in this career?

Organizational culture

  • How does your organization contribute to or support your professional development?
  • How would you describe the culture or environment at your organization?
  • What type of hours do you normally work?

Networking

  • What professional organizations do people in your career field belong to?
  • Can you suggest other professionals I could talk to?

Career satisfaction

  • What part of your job do you find most satisfying?
  • What part is most challenging?
  • How has your job affected your lifestyle?

Advice

  • What do you wish you would have known before you entered this career field?
  • What do you think of my résumé? Is it appropriate for the career field?

6. Follow-up



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