Sample Questions for Informational Interviews

Before you conduct an informational interview, make a list of questions you would like answered about a particular career field or organization. To gain the most information, use open-ended questions to engage your contact in conversation.

Sample Questions about the Field

  • What types of positions are available in this career field?
  • What general skills do people need to perform their responsibilities (i.e., organizing, supervising, writing)?
  • What background is required?
  • What kind of training or education do you recommend?
  • What characterizes a typical entry level position in the field?
  • What is the outlook for entry-level professionals?
  • What are some alternative methods of entry into the field?
  • What is the future of this field in terms of new and expanding opportunities?

In addition, ask about other information that may be helpful for your research, including critique of your resume, job search tactics or names of other professionals in the field.

Sample Questions about the Organization

  • What are some short and long-term goals of the organization in the areas of growth, new products or services and expansion of facilities?
  • What is the philosophy of the organization and what types of training programs are available?
  • Can you describe an entry-level and a mid-level job?
  • Can you describe your job?
  • What is a typical career path from entry-level to top management?

How We Can Help

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