Undergraduate Career Services

Networking

Informational Interviews

  • Allow you to explore careers and learn about the day to day tasks
  • Expand your professional network
  • Provide insight about employment opportunities that are not advertised

Guidelines for Information Interviews

Steps

  1. Identify Target Industry
  2. Reach Out to Contacts (Ask for Referrals)
  3. Schedule Informational Interviews
  4. Prepare
  5. Conduct Interviews
  6. Follow Up

Question to Ask

  • What is your job like? A typical day? What percentage of your time is spent doing what?
  • What are the duties/functions/responsibilities of your job?
  • How did you get your job? What jobs and experiences have led you to your present position?
  • What were the keys to your career advancement?
  • What are the greatest pressures, problems, or frustrations in the workplace?
  • What are the typical entry-level job titles and functions in this field?
  • What sorts of changes are occurring in your occupation? How rapidly is the field growing?
  • What types of training do companies offer persons entering this field? Is graduate school recommended? An MBA?

Closing the Interview

  • Did I leave out any important questions that would be helpful in learning about the job or occupation?
  • Would you mind taking a look at my resume?
  • Can you suggest other people whom I might talk to who have similar jobs?