Informational Interview Tips

The objective of an informational interview is to gain a better understanding of the career you are interested in pursuing. By talking with an individual currently in the field, it will be possible to get a first hand opinion of the career you are considering.

informational interviewSome questions to consider asking:

  • What does a typical work day look like?
  • What type of educational background do you need to begin this type of work?
  • How did you begin a career in this field?
  • What do you see as the potential for growth in this career field?

There are no real rules to an informational interview.  You are in control of the interview. These questions are just examples.

Benefits of an Informational Interview   

  • Learn: It gives you a chance to learn about a career and a company
  • Network: It expands your network
  • Market Yourself: It allows you to express your interest in the career and state the qualifications you currently have as a means for a justification for your interest

By the end of the interview, the person that you have interviewed will leave with the following:

  • they will have an impression of you
  • they will know about your skills and past experience


5 Responses so far.

  1. AngryByte says:

    Really great points in this article.

  2. typing test says:

    So that was a very informational interview which seemed to end qually. Thats always the way forward

  3. Elizabeth says:

    I love this article, some of the qsioteuns are hilarious (particularly the one about being a blended pencil!), there is also another which has caught the attention of the office You have a birthday cake and have exactly three slices to cut it into eight equal pieces. How do you do it? (Reportedly from Blackrock Portfolio Management)’ and I am pleased to report we must be a smart bunch as we’ve come up with the answer!!If you cut the cake twice across the top, making it into 4 quarters, you then have to slice the cake through the middle in order to make it 8 pieces. It makes a lot more sense when you can draw diagrams!

  4. Leandro says:

    I once froze when asked, in an interview for a gtaruade traineeship at Grant Thornton, to name a time I had been wrong about something. A bit of an unfair question I thought. The interviewer clearly didn’t account for the possibility that someone might never have been wrong about anything in their entire life. I didn’t get the job and I’m certain it was down to flubbing that one question.

  5. jobsearcher says:

    Yeah Leandro, that’s a tough question. I’ve always tried to prepare an answer for something similar to that question ahead of time. The key is to find an example that you can show what you have learned from your mistake etc. Easier said than done 🙂

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