Career Services Center

Rockwell Hall
Commons Level
Pittsburgh, PA 15282
Phone: 412-396-6644
Fax: 412-396-6646

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    Informational Interview Questions

    Here are some questions you may want to ask

    • How did you get into this field?
    • What is a typical day on this job really like?
    • What do you like about your job? Any dislikes?
    • What are the most important parts of your job?
    • Is your job typical of others in this field?
    • How do you stay current in your knowledge?
    • What is the corporate culture like here?
    • Which firms do you think are your toughest competitors, and how do they differ from your company?

    • What kind of experience or training is required for this position?
    • What is the career ladder for this position?
    • What are the future trends for this field?
    • What are the current job prospects like?
    • What is the average turnover in this type of job?
    • What's the best way to find out about jobs in this field?

    • How important is the résumé and what makes one impressive?
    • Would you provide feedback as to the appropriateness of my résumé for this occupation?
    • Do you feel my résumé is appropriate for this occupation?
    • What are employers looking for (skills, education, experience)?
    • What do you look for in employees?

    • Do you have a job description for this position, and may I have a copy of it?
    • How do you normally hire for this occupation?
    • What would you recommend I do at this point to get into this field?
    • Are there related fields I might want to look into if few jobs are available in my primary career choice?
    • Is there anyone else you can refer me to in this field?