Informational Interview Questions

Questions Relating to a Career

  1. How did you get into this field?
  2. What are the responsibilities of your job?
  3. What do you like most about your job? Least?
  4. What skills and experiences are most important in your field?
  5. What is your typical day like?
  6. What organizations and online groups do you recommend I belong to?
  7. What activities, classes, or other parts of your college experience best prepared you for your career?
  8. What is the best decision you made as an undergraduate to prepare for your professional life?
  9. Which personality traits or talents do the most successful people in this position share?
  10. If you were starting your career today, what would you do differently?
  11. What can I do to make myself more marketable?
  12. What are other related career fields?
  13. What would be a typical career path in this field?
  14. How did you obtain your first job?
  15. Would you be willing to review my résumé and offer your opinion and advice? (Ask this question only if you feel comfortable and the interview seems to be going well.)

Questions Relating to a Company/Organization

  1. How would you describe the overall mission and goals of your organization?
  2. What are the core activities and services of this department?
  3. How would you describe your clients? What is important to them?
  4. Where do you see growth or change occurring in the organization?
  5. What are some typical entry-level job roles in this department?
  6. What qualities does your company look for in the people they hire?
  7. I've built a target list of organizations in this field to research. Would you be willing to look at my list and give me suggestions you might have?

Evaluating Your Information

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Would I enjoy working for this company/doing this type of work?
  2. How do my personal assets meet the needs of this company/occupation?
  3. What other people/organizations should I contact?
Jubilee Brenneman

Exploring All the Options

“I didn’t know I wanted to study biology until halfway through my career at SPU. I visited the Center for Career and Calling website many times during my sophomore year, and it was a career counselor who helped me make my final decision to major in Ecology. She told me that I lit up when talking about the program and seemed more enthusiastic about it than anything else. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to explore all my options.”

Jubilee Brenneman ’14, Ecology Major