Informational Interview Questions

An informational interview is a meeting with a contact who can help you learn more about a career, an industry, or even a specific organization. You can get a firsthand account to determine if the career might be a good fit for you. Once you have arranged an informational interview, you should prepare the questions you would like to ask. The following are examples of common questions.

  1. On a typical day in this position, what do you do?
  2. What training or education is required for this type of work?
  3. What personal qualities or abilities are important to being successful in this job?
  4. What part of this job do you find most satisfying? Most challenging?
  5. How did you get your job?
  6. What opportunities for advancement are there in this field?
  7. What entry- level jobs are best for learning as much as possible?
  8. How are you evaluated in this position?
  9. How do you see jobs in this field changing in the future?
  10. Which professional journals and organizations would help me learn more about this field?
  11. What types of decisions do you have to make in this position?
  12. What suggestions do you have related to preparing my resume for an internship or job in this field?
  13. What would you like to share with me that I have not asked you?

You can tailor these questions to the industry/profession of the person you are interviewing, and to the types of informatino you are most interested in learning.