Informational Interview Questions

After introducing yourself, stick to a short, but thoughtful, list of questions. For example:
  • Can you tell me about your experiences doing this type of work?
  • Can you tell me about the path you took to get to this point?
  • …about a typical day?
  • What do you enjoy most about your work? What do you least enjoy?
  • What recommendations would you give to someone interested in getting involved in this area of practice?
  • What experience did you have to get your job?
  • What are the toughest problems and decisions you handle?
  • What do you wish you had known about your position/the field before you started?
  • What type of professional and personal skills does it take to succeed at this type of work?
  • What do you see as the major issues/ trends in the field today?
  • What recommendations do you have for me regarding a job search strategy?
  • What other people do you recommend that I talk with? May I tell them that you referred me to them
  • What are your primary job responsibilities?
  • Thank you very much for your time and advice. It has been very helpful.
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