Information Interview

What is an Information Interview?

  • a conversation with someone in the field you are interested in working in, intended to help you learn what it is really like to work in that field
  • an opportunity to identify organizations you might ultimately like to work for
  • an opportunity to better prepare for a subsequent job interview by helping you to gather "on the spot" information

How can I prepare?

  • Read everything you can find about the organization BEFORE the interview, so that you can ask really useful questions. Use the Internet.

What should I ask?

Please describe...

  • A typical day?
  • The kinds of people who suceed/fail in this kind of job?
  • The kinds of credentials or degrees required to start in this work?
  • The skills that are needed in this work? The skills that one develops?
  • The kind of training that is available?
  • Typical entry and mid-level earnings?
  • What surprised/pleased you about this work?
  • The kind of advancement in this work? Typical career path?
  • How long people tend to stay in this position? With this organization?
  • The atmosphere in this office/organization?
  • How you got started?
  • Would you choose this field again? If not, why not?
  • What prior experiences prepared you for this work?
  • What do you like/dislike about this organization?
  • What do you think about the future of this work? this industry? This organization?
  • What is the value system of this organization? The culture?
  • how has the recession impacted your industry?
  • Has this work has made you more or less marketable outside this organization?
  • How has this position effected your personal life? Is there much overtime?
  • What do you wish someone had told you before you entered this field?

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