Moving to a new city? Or looking for an internship next year at your dream company or in a certain industry? Informational interviews are for you. They’re a great way to get to know professionals in your industry and make connections. They can be daunting, but they are actually easy with a little bit of preparation. I’ve rounded up great questions that should help get you started.
How did you get to where you are?
What attracted you to this profession?
What did you learn from your first job in the industry?
If you could tell yourself one thing when you were my age, what would it be?
What qualities do you believe stand out in this industry?
Where do you see yourself going in your career?
What makes a great ____? (insert what you want to be)
What was your favorite career moment?
Bonus Tip: Add a couple more in that pertain to your industry. Asking industry questions shows that you’re knowledgable and that you’ve cared enough to do research.
What else do I need to know?
You’re probably asking me, why do I need this information Ashley? Well I’ve learned that informational interview is really great if you use it correctly. These questions have helped me make meaningful connections, and they have helped me make connections on the other side of the country. These interviews are about the other person, and not about what ever you want. Take the time to genuinely get to know the other person. Trust me, when they see that you actually care about what they have to say, they will actually care about what you have to say.
If you don’t click with that person, it’s okay! If you do, that’s even better. It’s about putting yourself out there to learn more about the industry you are or want to be in.
Informational interviews helped me make connections in Boston when I moved, and I’m really grateful for the ones that I’ve had!
If you’re looking for more ideas, check out Career Contessa. They are my favorite site for this kind of information!
Have you been on informational interviews? What have you asked? Any tips I missed? Any other questions I can answer?
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