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Informational Interviewing

An informational interview is a meeting initiated by you with someone working in an organization or career field which interests you. An informational interview lets you get realistic information about the real-world challenges and rewards of a profession from someone working in the field and gives you the opportunity to build your network, expand your knowledge of the job market, and learn about potential career paths.

Finding Someone to Interview

Contacting Mentors

Informational Interview Etiquette

Follow Up

Questions to Ask During Your Informational Interview

  1. How did you get to where you are today – what was your career path?
  2. What do you like most about working in this field and what do you find most challenging?
  3. What are your responsibilities and what skills do you use in your profession?
  4. Tell me about your daily routine on the job.
  5. What are some problems you face and decisions you make?
  6. How do most people get started in this field?
  7. What do you think is the ideal educational path to qualify for a position in this profession?
  8. Do you belong to any professional organizations? Do they have student chapters?
  9. Do you think this field is growing, with opportunities for employment?
  10. Can you recommend other people who might be valuable sources of information?
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