Information Interview Questions

Sample Questions about the Individual/Job Function

  • How did you get into this line of work?
  • What is a typical day like for you?
  • What do you enjoy most/least about your current work?
  • What skills are needed to be successful in your position?
  • What are your toughest problems and decisions?
  • How did your education prepare you for your position?
  • What do you wish you had known when you first started out in this field?
  • What qualifications does one need to gain an entry-level position in your career field?
  • What types of advancement opportunities are available in this career field?
  • What are the salary ranges for various levels in this field?

Sample Questions about the Organization

  • Why did you choose this organization? What do you like/dislike about it?
  • What is the employment outlook for your organization at this time?
  • What are the characteristics or skills of successful people in this organization?
  • How are goals set and measured? How is success rewarded?
  • What are other opportunities in the organization should I look into? Whom should I talk to?
  • Is it possible to balance career and personal life reasonably well here?
  • What kind of training is provided for new staff?

Sample Questions about the Field

  • What changes do you see occurring in this field over the next few years?
  • Are there conferences or seminars that might be useful for newcomers to attend?
  • Do you belong to any professional associations that you recommend I join as a student?
  • Are there articles, journals or books that you recommend I read related to this field?
  • What other organizations hire (health educators)?
  • What are good ways to learn more about prospective employers?

Sample Questions about Your Marketability

  • How would employers view my background and experiences?
  • Is my resume appropriate for the jobs I have outlined?
  • How could I improve my marketability in this field?

Always Ask

  • Could you provide me with the names of two or three other people, whom you know, who would be willing to provide me with additional information about this type of work?
  • May I use your name as an introduction if I call them?