Conducting informational interviews enables you to determine if a career path is right for you. When speaking with alumni or other professionals, you can ask questions that are relevant to your career interests, skills and experiences. Learning about an individual’s college experience and career path can inform your decision-making.

Suggested questions for Informational Interviews

About the person’s background:

  • How did you decide that this was the right career field for you
  • How did you get your job
  • What was your major

About the job

  • What are your specific responsibilities; what is a typical day like
  • What skills are required for your job
  • What do you like most about your work
  • What are the challenges of your work

About the organization

  • What is your organization’s management philosophy
  • How do your specific responsibilities fit into the overall goals of the organization
  • What does the company look for in its job candidates
  • What are the typical career paths within the company

About the career field

  • How would you describe the work expectations and environment of this field
  • What background is most common to enter this field
  • What summer jobs or internships would you recommend to prepare me for entering this field

 

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Preparing for an Informational Interview