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Career – Informational Interview Questions

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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  • Sydney Power

    This is really helpful, I will be keeping these for reference!

  • I’ve learned in my job search how crucial it is to know the company you’re interviewing with. They can see right through you faking it!

  • This is so helpful! Thanks for sharing Ashley, I will definitely be saving this for future reference!


  • Whitney H

    On the other side I’ve been interviewed in this type of situation and it shows great initiative! Especially if the person asking is genuinely interested in making and connection and is confident. This is a great post!

  • Greta Hollar

    I’ve been on both sides of the interview process and knowing the company you’re interviewing with is so important!

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  • Kristin Thompson

    This is a great post! I will definitely have to review this before my next informal interview!

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  • Miss ALK

    What excellent questions!! I have asked questions like these to career role models in my life before, but I really need to keep doing this. It never hurts to build connections!

    xoxo A

  • This is a very helpful post! I always like to network and build connections, but I find myself always struggling to find the “right” thing to say or ask. I’ll definitely keep these questions in mind!

  • Elly Leavitt

    Actually bookmarking this to use ASAP- I just graduated so I need all the info I can get on interviewing.

  • Amy

    This was so helpful!! I’m having an interview soon and def referencing this!!


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  • This is so helpful! I’m pretty good in interviews but my bf has a little anxiety and never knows what questions to ask… I’ll be showing him these!

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  • Rachel Mariana Timmerman

    These are so helpful and a great way to prepare! There’s no better way to prepare for an interview than to rehearse 🙂

  • Informational interviews really give you a foot in the door and meaningful connections last longer.
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  • Adriana

    Such a great way to prepare! I love this, thank you for sharing!

  • Sara Kate Steadman

    Such great questions and I love all of your advice! Thanks for sharing all of this!

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  • Lauren Scorzafava

    These are such great tips! Thanks so much for sharing!

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