Thursday, July 21, 2011

Informational interview questions

How can you learn about a new industry? Interview someone working there and conduct an "informational interview." Are you getting ready for an informational interview? Here are some questions you may want to ask:
  • How did you break into the field?
  • Where do you see a person like me fitting into this field (industry, company)?
  • What professional associations should I join?
  • What professional publications or web sites should I follow?
  • What are some of the issues your organization or field faces?
  • What are the most necessary skills for these types of jobs?
  • What kind of compensation could I expect in the first year?
  • How should I prepare for job interviews in this field?
  • What is a typical career path for someone entering at my level?
  • What are some of the challenges I would face in this job/field?
  • Who should I contact next, if anyone? (Be sure to keep a list and ask the advisor if they could provide an introduction or if may use their name when making contact.)
  • May I keep in touch with you and let you know my progress?
Good luck!

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