Exploring Careers & Opportunities

Select questions that are appropriate for your target career field and stage of decision-making or search for opportunities. Use some of the following questions or come up with your own.

Questions to Ask: Informational Interview
Questions to Ask: Networking for Opportunities

Questions To Ask: Informational Interview

  • What are your main responsibilities as a...?

  • What is a typical day (or week) like for you?

  •  What do you like most about your work?

  • What do you like least about your work?

  • What kinds of problems do you deal with?

  • What kinds of decisions do you make?

  • How does your position fit within the organization/career field/industry?

  • How does your job affect your general lifestyle?

  • What current issues and trends in the field should I know about/be aware of?

  • What are some common career paths in this field?

  • What kinds of accomplishments tend to be valued and rewarded in this field?

  • What related fields would you recommend I also look into?

  • How did you become interested in this field?

  • How did you begin your career?

  • How do most people get into this field? What are common entry-level jobs?

  • What steps would you recommend I take to prepare to enter this field?

  • How relevant is your undergraduate major to your work?

  • What kind of education, training, or background does your job require?

  • What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to success in your job/this field?

  • Can you recommend trade journals, magazines or professional associations which would be helpful for my professional development?

  • If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? If not, what would you change?

  • I’ve read that the entry-level salary range for this field is usually in the range of ______? Does this fit with what you’ve seen? (Don’t ask about the person’s actual salary.)

  • What advice would you give someone who is considering this type of job (or field)?

  • Can you suggest anyone else I could contact for additional information?

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Questions to Ask: Networking for Opportunities

  • What do you like most about working at this organization?
  • What kinds of projects do interns and entry level hires get involved in?
  • What is the profile of the person most recently hired at my level?
  • How long do people tend to stay at the organization?
  • What do you/hiring managers look for in candidates?
  • What skills and experience are most important?
  • Can you tell me about the hiring process you went through? OR Can you tell me about the hiring process -- what does it involve?
  • Do you anticipate any openings coming up?
  • What are the most effective strategies for seeking a position in this field?
  • Can you recommend anyone else here or elsewhere to contact for insights or advice for the internship/job search?

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