Below are some possible informational interview questions to help you with career exploration. If you would like to read about how to conduct an informational interview, click here.
Informational Interview Questions About Job Function
What are the primary responsibilities of someone in a position like this?
What does a “typical” workday look like?
How much of your workday do you spend alone and how much with other people?
What do you enjoy the most about your work? The least?
What is the most challenging or difficult aspect of your position?
Is the work flow fairly constant or are there lots of ups and downs?
What skills are the most important to have to do your job well?
How long do people typically stay in a position such as yours?
Where do people typically go from here?
Would you still accept this job knowing what you know after working in the position?
Informational Interview Questions About the Company/Organization
What are the best things about working for XYZ Co.? The worst?
How would you describe the corporate culture at your company?
What are the values of the organization?
How much do employees socialize together?
What outside activities are encouraged or required by the organization?
What type of training is supported?
How does supervision work here?
How are employees evaluated? Rewarded?
How do employees advance here?
How much do employees travel for business?
How much overtime does the average employee in a position like this work?
Describe the company’s philosophy on work/life integration.
Informational Interview Questions About Career Path
How did you land this job?
What is your educational background?
What types of work did you do before you joined this company?
What is the typical educational background of persons in this field?
Do you know other persons who entered this field without this type of education? (If yes, try to obtain name and permission to contact this person if you also lack the background).
What is the typical employment background of persons in this field?
Do you know other persons who entered this field without this type of employment history? (If yes, try to obtain name and permission to contact this person if you also lack this type of employment history).
What personal characteristics are important for people to have to succeed in this field?
Is your field expected to grow in the next 5 years?
Do you observe that most people are satisfied with the compensation in this field?
If you had it to do all over again, would you still choose this career field?
If you had a child, would you advise him/her to pursue this type of work?
What are the major professional organizations and publications of this profession?
My strongest skills are [X, Y, and Z – fill in the blank] – do you believe those skills would be of value in this career?
Can you recommend other persons in your field to whom I could speak?