Informational interviewing is an excellent tool that can be used to:
- Filter through potential job positions.
- Determine whether you want to pursue a specific career path or move on to graduate school.
- Allow you the opportunity to ask questions that you would not have been able to ask otherwise.
- Gather a more informed view of potential careers and an expanded network.
To properly prepare for an informational interview, be sure to:
- Research the company
- Dress for success
- Update and bring your resume. The Career Development Center offers resume services to those who are in need of help.
- Practice interviewing with the Career Development Center, family, or friends
- Call to confirm your appointment
- Prepare and prioritize a list of open ended questions
Question to consider asking:
- General questions about the career field
- Questions pertaining to all aspects of the interviewee’s job
- Preparations for the career
- Interviewee’s career path
- Culture of the company
- Company’s needs
- Opportunities for advancement within the company
- Seeking advice if you are a career changer
- Seeking general advice and referrals from your interviewee
Questions to avoid asking:
- Do not ask blunt questions about their salary
- Do not ask for a job or help getting a job
- Do not ask highly personal questions
Schedule an appointment with your career counselor today to participate in the Beyond the Classroom Program and begin expanding your network through informational interviewing!
- Partner with a career counselor, who will guide you through your informational interviewing experience!
- Receive guidance and leads from a career counselor!
- Gain valuable information from employers in an environment that is run by you!
- Ask the employer questions about his/her career path, pros and cons of a certain industry, ways to get your foot in the door, and much more!
- Quint Careers: Informational Interviewing Tutorial
- Quint Careers: 200 Informational Interview Sample Questions