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Sample Informational Interview Questions

  • What is a typical day on this job really like?
  • How did you get into this field?
  • What do you like about your job? Any dislikes?
  • What's the best way to find out about jobs in this field?
  • What kind of experience or training is required?
  • What is the career ladder for this position?
  • May I have a copy of a job description?
  • What are employers looking for (skills, education, experience)?
  • How important is the resume and what makes one impressive?
  • What do you look for in employees?
  • How do you stay current in your knowledge?
  • What's the corporate culture like here?
  • Are there related fields I might want to look into if few jobs are available in my primary career choice?
  • What are current job prospects like?
  • What are the most important parts of your job?
  • Is your job typical of others in this field?
  • Which firms do you think are your toughest competitors, and how do they differ from your company?
  • Is there anyone else you can refer me to in this field?
  • How do you normally hire for this occupation?
  • What is the average turnover in this type of job?
  • Is my resume appropriate for this occupation?
  • What would you recommend I do at this point to get into this field?
  • Would you provide feedback as to the appropriateness of my resume for this occupation?
  • What are the future trends for this field?

Source: Creative Job Search, a publication of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

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