5 Questions for an Exploration Informational Interview

5 Questions for an Exploration Informational Interview

An informational interview is an opportunity for you to ask questions and learn about a variety of different industries, companies and roles to educate you about opportunities. When you are exploring different careers, informational interviewing can be especially beneficial. Here are the top 5 questions to ask in an informational interviewing if you are exploring careers!
1) How did you choose a major and career?
This question can help you understand how someone else has determined their path. When you are listening to another person’s decision making process can be helpful and may influence your own plan.
2) What were you involved in on campus and how did it help with your career exploration?
Involvement is a huge part of exploration and it can help you build a network. Getting involved on campus can help you understand what you like and don’t like and also help you develop a variety of skill sets!
3) What was your first internship and did it confirm your career interest?
Learning the value of experience is important, but it’s okay if the experience isn’t what you thought it would be. An internship that you like teaches you so much but an internship you don’t like is beneficial as well!
4) Can you tell me about your current role and company?
When you are doing informational interviewing, you should be asking questions about someone’s current role and company so you can gain knowledge about a variety of industries. Asking about the day to day tasks, projects and the interview process are just a few things to consider asking.
5) What advice do you have for me as I explore different career options?
Informational interviewing is ALL about making connections, learning about careers and getting advice.
Take some time and conduct an informational interview to help you navigate your own exploration
By Lexie Avery, MS '15
Lexie Avery, MS '15 Assistant Director, Early Engagement and Exploration Lexie Avery, MS