Informational Interviews for College Students
Learn about specific careers from those who live them
Informational interviewing is a great way to learn about specific careers from the perspective of individuals working in those jobs. Take these questions below and use them as a template for interviewing individuals in your area(s) of interest. If you need assistance finding certain people in particular fields, ask your academic advisor, college career counselor, or parents for help.
Invite the individual to lunch or meet with him or her in an office or place of business. Be courteous of their time and keep any appointments you make.
Questions to ask:
- How did you get started in this field?
- What do you like best about your job?
- What are some of the tasks or parts of your job that you do not like?
- What majors and minors would you recommend as preparation for this career?
- What types of internships would you suggest I do during college?
- Do individuals in this career field usually get a graduate degree? If yes, what type?
- What entry-level positions are there in this career field for newly graduated college students?
- What would be your top advice for someone going into this career field?
Review their responses. Was anything surprising? Exciting? What are two action steps you can take now to pursue this career?