What should I ask at an informational interview?

Each networking meeting is unique and has its own agenda. The following questions provide you with a foundation to obtain the information you need to make smart career decisions.

  • How did you get started in the field?
  • What trends are you seeing, in terms of hot opportunities or slowing sectors?
  • What education or experience is required to get into the field? Are there alternative ways to gain experience?
  • What kinds of skills or behavioral traits produce success in this field?
  • What advice do you have for someone looking to get into the field?
  • (If the person is doing a job you would be doing) Please describe a typical day. What kinds of activities are you regularly involved in?
  • What do you like and dislike about your job and working in this sector?
  • What kinds of companies hire people with this professional background? How do you see the differences in opportunities at these various companies?
  • Are there professional associations or other organizations you recommend I contact for more information and potential networking contacts?
  • Do you know anyone else with whom I could talk about this sector?

Remember: Always send a thank you note to your contact after the meeting.

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