Sample questions for informational interviews 

A common challenge for students preparing for informational interviews is developing a set of good questions for the person they’re meeting with. With so many possible topics to cover during this conversation, where might you get started?

From my perspective, your first step in preparing a list of questions should be to determine your objective(s) for the informational interview. What are you hoping to learn from this meeting? Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about the career path of a young professional in a field of interest to you. Or maybe you’re looking to gain some insight into a company you’re interested in working for after graduation. The types of questions you ask during your informational interview should reflect what you’re most curious about and interested in learning.

After carefully considering your objective, brainstorm some questions that are likely to give you the information you’re looking for. Here are some sample questions to get you started:

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