Sample Questions- Informational Interview

Sample Questions: Occupants

  • What do you do in a typical day?

  • Is there a ‘career path’ in your field?

  • What do you like most/least about your job?

  • What special advice would you give to a person entering this field?

  • What special knowledge or skills did you have or would a person need for this position?

  • What was the biggest surprise for you in your first year in this occupation?

  • How do you see jobs in this field changing in the future?

  • What is the salary for entry-level and more advanced positions in the field?

  • What personal qualities or abilities are important to being successful in this job?

  • What training, education, knowledge, skills or experience did you have/would a person need for this job?

  • With the information you have about my education, skills and experience, what other fields or jobs would you suggest I research further before I make a final decision about my career choice?


Sample Questions: Industry

  • In your opinion, what personal attributes (values/skills/motivators etc.) do people have that are attracted to this industry? 

  • What challenges is this industry facing, what do you see being future challenges? 

  • What credentials/training and/or educational programs are most valued in this field?  Is there a preferred program or institution? 

  • Has your work changed recently due to technology, trends, competition etc.?

  • What industry organizations/associations would you recommend? 

  • What online resources (feeds, websites)/publications would be helpful for me to read?

Sample Questions: Employers

  • Could you tell me about the culture of your organization?

  • What do you like the most (or find most challenging) about your job within this organization?

  • What would family members of employees say about what it's like to work here?

  • Based on your personal experiences, what would you say the values of this organization are?

  • How did you find your current job?

  • What advice would you give someone who wants to work for this organization?

  • What qualifications are required for someone to work in this position in your organization?

  • Who else would you recommend I speak with in your organization (or in the industry)?