The purpose of an informational interview is to get information about a field of work from someone who has some firsthand knowledge. This is an excellent way to spend a little of your valuable time learning more about career options.
Why are informational interviews important? You have the opportunity to discuss what is done on a day-to-day basis. You can ask what types of classes and preparation it takes to get started in this career.
Treat each informational interview as a business contact and arrive promptly for your interview. Business casual attire is appropriate for dress.
Some examples of suitable interview questions:
What was your major in college?
What was the most meaningful part of that major as it relates to your profession now?
What part of your college experience was most important in preparing you for a career?
Did you earn a bachelor's degree?
What do you enjoy most about your work?
What do you enjoy least about your work?
As an experienced professional, do you have any advice for someone coming into this field?
What do you see as the potential for growth in this field?
What types of classes should I focus on taking?
What, if anything, would you do differently in preparing for this field?
What are some related occupations?
What demands and frustrations typically accompany this type of work?
What are the key personnel characteristics for success in this field?