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Informational Interviewing

Informational interviewing is an excellent tool that can be used to:

  • Filter through potential job positions.
  • Determine whether you want to pursue a specific career path or move on to graduate school.
  • Allow you the opportunity to ask questions that you would not have been able to ask otherwise.
  • Gather a more informed view of potential careers and an expanded network.
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Preparing for an Informational Interview

To properly prepare for an informational interview, be sure to:

  • Research the company
  • Dress for success
  • Update and bring your resume. The Career Development Center offers resume services to those who are in need of help.
  • Practice interviewing with the Career Development Center, family, or friends
  • Call to confirm your appointment
  • Prepare and prioritize a list of open ended questions

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Informational Interview Questions

Question to consider asking:

  • General questions about the career field
  • Questions pertaining to all aspects of the interviewee’s job
  • Preparations for the career
  • Interviewee’s career path
  • Culture of the company
  • Company’s needs
  • Opportunities for advancement within the company
  • Seeking advice if you are a career changer
  • Seeking general advice and referrals from your interviewee

Questions to avoid asking:

  • Do not ask blunt questions about their salary
  • Do not ask for a job or help getting a job
  • Do not ask highly personal questions

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Beyond the Classroom Program

Schedule an appointment with your career counselor today to participate in the Beyond the Classroom Program and begin expanding your network through informational interviewing!

  • Partner with a career counselor, who will guide you through your informational interviewing experience!
  • Receive guidance and leads from a career counselor!
  • Gain valuable information from employers in an environment that is run by you!
  • Ask the employer questions about his/her career path, pros and cons of a certain industry, ways to get your foot in the door, and much more!

How to schedule an appointment with your career counselor

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Tools for Informational Interviewing

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