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Sample Informational Interview Questions


Select questions that are appropriate for your target career field and stage of decision-making. Topics might include the nature of a person’s work, how to get started in the field, or effective approaches for the job search. The following are sample informational interview questions.

  • Do you have a college degree?
  • Where did you go to school and what did you major in?
  • What do you like/best worst about your job/work?
  • What educational background in necessary for this job?
  • What are the steps necessary to break into this field?
  • What made you decide to pursue this profession?
  • What is a typical day like for you?
  • What are important skills needed for this job?
  • What is the salary range for this occupation?
  • What might I expect to earn in an entry level position in this career?
  • What are some related occupations to your profession?
  • What books/journals/associations would you suggest I explore for further information?

**DO NOT ask the person how much they specifically make**