Informational Interviews

If you're wondering about the types of jobs that will be open to you in your major, you should consider conducting an informational interview.

If you're interested in working in a specific industry (accounting or psychology, for example) or working in a specific work sector (such as government or academia), and you're wondering how to "get in," you should consider conducting an informational interview.

An informational interview is when a person seeks advice from "people in the know" about careers and various industries. During an informational interview, the student asks questions of the employer, gathering information to learn about a possible career path or the ins-and-outs of a certain industry.

Keep in mind that an informational interview should not be confused with a job interview..

Identify who you want to interview

Finding someone to interview can be as easy as asking a friend, family member, colleague, or faculty to recommend someone. You may or may not know the person you are meeting with, but most people are happy to provide career advice, especially if you are well prepared.

Getting ready

You should have a well thought out plan:

  • Know what information you would like to learn.
  • Research the person, position, and company prior to your meeting.
  • Follow the same "rules" for a job interview: be prepared!

Do you have an informational interview lined up? 
Here are some questions you might consider asking.