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Informational Interview Questions to Ask

An informational interview* is a meeting you can initiate with a career professional in a field that interests you where you can seek career advice or industry information. As a college student, you may want to request an an informational interview to help you choose a career path or to learn how to be successful in your chosen career field.

During the informational interview, you will be asking the majority of the questions. Therefore, you must be prepared with a list of questions. Select questions carefully to get to get the most out of the informational interview experience.

When asking questions during the interview, start with the ones that you most want to have answered. Asking your most important questions first will ensure that you leave with the information you most want to know if you run out of time before you get to the last questions on your list or the professional might be called away early due to a work-related emergency.

Below is a list of possible questions to ask during an informational interview. In addition to selecting some questions from this list, create your own questions in order to be able to learn what you most want to know. The specific questions you ask will also depend on your career field of interest, your level of career decidedness, and the position of the professional you are interviewing.

Informational Interview Questions to Ask:

*An informational interview is sometimes referred to as an information interview or an occupation information Interview.

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