Information Interview Questions

As a rule, you should not take more than a half hour of this person’s time, so you may not be able to ask all your questions. Remember, this is a conversation, not an interrogation, so let it flow.

Select questions that are appropriate for your target career field and stage of decision-making. You can ask about such topics as the nature of a person’s work, how to get started in the field, or effective approaches for the job search. Use some of the following questions or make up your own.

Questions about the career

  • How did you become interested in this career?
  • What is a typical workday like? What are your job responsibilities?
  • What are the rewards, challenges and frustrations of working in this career?
  • What entry-level jobs are available in this field?
  • What experience is necessary to enter this career?
  • What advice do you have for someone preparing to enter this career?

Questions about the organization/industry

  • How does your position fit within the organization/industry/career field?
  • What is your work environment like?
  • What is the economic forecast for this industry?
  • What is unique to your organization? Who are your competitors?

Questions about future growth/salary information

  • What are the employment prospects for someone entering this field?
  • What are some of the current issues and trends in this field?
  • What is a typical starting salary or salary range in this field?

Follow-up questions

  • Would you mind taking a quick look at my resume?
  • How should I target my resume for your industry?
  • Are there professional publications I should read or associations I should join?
  • What other professionals in this field would you recommend I speak with for additional information? May I use your name when I contact them?
  • May I keep in touch with you?

Do not be afraid to ask your own questions. This is your chance to get the information you need from an industry professional.

Some information adapted from UC Davis, Internship and Career Center