Good Informational Interview Questions to Ask

These informational interview questions provide you with good insight into the job or career you are investigating. It also provides a possible networking opportunity that can be used to further your career.

Seeking Information

Choose about 10 to 15 questions from this list of questions to find out about specific areas of employment in the career field you are researching. The questions are designed to find out what you need to know to make a well-informed career decision.

The questions you ask should provide answers about the following:

  • the education, experience, skills and abilities needed for the career you are looking at
  • a typical day on the job
  • the rewards and challenges of this type of employment

Use these examples to help you prepare for your information interview.

21 Informational Interview Questions to Ask

  1. How did you get started in this line of work?
  2. How did you get into this particular job?
  3. Why did you apply for this particular position?
  4. What qualifications and experience did you need?
  5. What skills and abilities are necessary for performing this work?
  6. What are the main responsibilities in this job?
  7. What are the things you like most about the job?
  8. What do you dislike about the job?
  9. What have you found to be the biggest challenges in your work?
  10. What have you found to be the most significant rewards in this work?
  11. What are the necessary requirements for an entry-level position in this industry?
  12. What are the career path options in this industry/organization?
  13. What opportunities have you had in this job?
  14. Where do you think this industry/career is going in the next couple of years?
  15. Which companies do you consider the to be the leaders in this  field?
  16. What do you think are the available career options for someone with my qualifications in this industry?
  17. What advice would you give to someone looking for a similar job in this industry?
  18. Is there anything else I should know about this work?
  19. Who else would you recommend I go and talk to?
  20. May I contact you again if I need further advice?
  21. Would you mind taking a quick look at my resume and giving me some feedback?

End by thanking the person and stating that you will let them know how things turn out.

Ask for a business card so that you can address your interview thank you letter or thank you e-mail properly. After the informational interview send a thank-you note within twenty-four hours to everyone who helped you and talked with you.

Sample Informational Interview Thank You Email

Dear Mr Smith

Thank you for talking with me yesterday and taking the time to answer all my questions. I found it very helpful and I now have a much clearer understanding of this field of work. I know you have a busy schedule and I appreciate the time you spent with me.

John Candidate

Go to the informational interview guide to find out more about setting up and conducting the information interview.

Customize this sample informational interview letter to ask for the meeting.

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Planning a list of good informational interview questions ensures that you get the answers you need to make the right career decision.

Follow up periodically with the people you have conducted an information interview with to keep up the contact. These contacts can provide a useful support network throughout your career.

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