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Sample Informational Interview Questions
Questions relating to the person:
What are your main responsibilities in your current position?
Which takes up the majority of your time?
Can you describe your typical day?
What do you like most about your job?
What do you enjoy least about your job?
Whom do you work most closely with and to whom do you report?
How did you get to where you are today?
Why did you choose this profession?
What skills and personal qualities have helped you most during your career?
Questions relating to the organization:
I noticed from your website that XYZ's primary services are A, B and C. It was interesting to read how C service is doing well in the US market. Why do you think it has been so successful?
What is your management philosophy?
Tell me about your organizational culture.
I saw that your leading competitors are A and B corporations. What distinguishes your organization from your competitors?
It's obvious that your organization emphasizes customer service. How have you managed to maintain such a high level of customer service?
Questions relating to the field:
Some of the more prevalent issues facing this field today appear to be A, B and C. What do you see as the top challenge in the field?
What needs to occur to meet that challenge?
What are your predictions on the major changes that will take place in this field in the next 20 years?
What are the professional organizations to which you belong?
What advice would you give to someone trying to enter this field?
Questions relating to exploring career opportunities:
What advice would you give me, with the background I have, regarding the types of positions that are realistic for me to pursue?
What is the best way to pursue these opportunities?
What type of educational background, experience, skills, and personal qualities are important for these?
How are position openings announced to people outside of the organization?
Are there other colleagues or associates you recommend I contact?
Are there other organizations in the field that you would recommend to me?
Have you heard of any organizations that are expanding? Do you know anyone there that I could contact?
Are there publications that list vacancies in the field that you would recommend?