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Informal Interview Questions

Questions to Use in Your Informational Interviews
Gathered from various sources

Introduction

  • Let me introduce myself: age, background, etc.
  • Tell me about yourself: background and current position.
  • What other industries did you look at when you were investigating jobs?
  • How and why did you choose this position?
Competition
  • What organizations are your peers/competitors?
  • How does your organization compare to similar organizations?
  • What do you like most about your organization? Least?
  • Which firms do you think are your toughest competitors, and how do they differ from your company?
  • What's your strategic advantage in sourcing deals/customers?
  • What's your strategy?
Present Job
  • What is your typical day like? A typical week?
  • What are the toughest problems you must deal with?
  • What are your responsibilities?
  • What do you like most about your job? Least?
  • Do you supervise others?
  • What other branches of the organization do you work with on a regular basis?
  • How closely do you work with others?
  • Is your job typical of others in this field?
Career Path
  • What are some of the possible career paths in this field?
  • What are the most important characteristics, skills, or talents a person should have to be successful in this field?
  • What kinds of changes have occurred or are occurring in your field?
Hiring
  • What are the typical starting positions for someone with my degree?
  • What special things are looked for in applicants/what should I emphasize?
  • What makes a candidate impressive?
  • What education program is recommended preparation? Which courses are desirable? Which are indispensable?
  • What extracurricular activities would help?
Other Advice
  • Would you refer me to resources that might help me learn more?
  • Are there professional organizations I should be in touch with?
  • Anything you wish you had done while at grad school?
  • What would you recommend I do for a field study?
  • What courses should I take?
  • Do you have any feedback on my resume?
  • Would you suggest others who might be valuable sources of information for me? Would you give me their names? Could I have your permission to use your name when I call or contact them?
  • Do you think I left out any important questions that would help me learn more about this occupation?

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