Explore Careers with an Informational Interview

by Princess Fanning

Informational interviews are when you get to ask questions about a specific field or job. The prime purpose of conducting an informational interview is to ask questions of a professional in order to learn what they do and what their job is really like. This is especially important if you are thinking about a new kind of career and want to learn more. It’s different from a job interview, but you still need to prepare and have confidence.


sign1Next week I’ll be having an informational interview with a professional who has a background in psychology, a field I’m interested in exploring.  I’m hoping to learn more about what’s expected on the job. I also want to know what skills are important to a business. During this meeting, I hope to learn the importance of not just doing the work, but also the reasons why the person chose this field. I’d like to know what motivates them and what value they feel this job brings to their life. Ultimately, this professional can advise me, which will benefit me in the long run.


There are many questions that you can ask during an information interview. Here are five that I am going to make sure I ask:

  • What abilities or personal qualities do you believe contribute most to success in this field/job?
  • What motivates you to come to work every day?
  • What can you tell me about the employment outlook in your occupational field?
  • How is the economy affecting this company?
  • What special advice do you have for a student interested in this field?


Princess Fanning is a part of the STEP-UP Achieve program with a summer internship in the Labor Market Information Office and Workforce Development Division at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.


3 thoughts on “Explore Careers with an Informational Interview

  1. Allison August 8, 2013 / 5:24 am

    Thank you for sharing the questions. I will use it in my next informational interview. 


  2. Princess Fanning August 7, 2013 / 1:13 pm

    Thank you very much Denise!


  3. Denise Felder August 6, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    Informational interviews are underrated and underutilized. Job seekers of any age can schedule informational interviews to find out more about a prospective career or company, like Pincess said. Informational interviews are also an excellent way to expand your network and get real-word information about trends in an industry.

    Good luck on your interview, Princess — enjoy the conversation.




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