An effective way to obtain career information is through the informational interview. This is not a job interview, but rather an interview with a person who is involved in some aspect of a career in which you have an interest.
Use your network, family, friends, professors, and our office to identify and connect with professionals. Request a 30 minute informational interview and be prepared with your questions and dress nice, forgo the jeans and t-shirt.
One effective way of obtaining career information is the informational interview. This is not a job interview, but rather an interview with a person who is involved in some aspect of a career in which you have an interest.
If you are unable to make an appointment to job shadow, you can also arrange for an informational interview via phone. Call the person and request an interview. Make sure this person understands that you are not interviewing for a job, but that you are looking for career information.
Here is a list of suggested questions you may want to ask during the interview:
- What skills, education, and training are needed for this position?
- What are the special requirements for this job?
- How did you acquire the skills and training needed for this position?
- What skills do you use the most?
- Are there other ways of obtaining the same skills and training? How?
- Where do you go to get this experience? How much time would it take to complete these requirements?
- What are the approximate costs?
- Describe a typical workday.
- What aspects of this work appeal to you? Why?
- What aspects do not appeal to you?
- What is the job market in this area?
- What would you suggest for summer employment?
- Does your company offer internship opportunities?
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