This article is recommended for individuals near the beginning of their careers
Gain knowledge & build relationships
Conducting informational interviews is a great way to gain knowledge and build professional relationships. Here are some questions you can ask during these interviews.
Background & career path
How did you get started in your field/profession? What led you to choose this career path? What kind of educational background or specific skills are typically required for this field?
Daily work & responsibilities
What does a typical day or week look like in your role? What are the main challenges you face in your job? Are there any particular skills or knowledge areas that are essential for success in this role?
How would you describe the current trends or developments in your industry? Are there any emerging technologies or practices that professionals in this field should be aware of? What are the biggest challenges or opportunities you see in the industry?
What advice do you have for someone interested in entering this field? Are there any specific resources or professional organisations you recommend for networking or skill development? What would you suggest as the next steps for someone in my position?
Personal growth & learning
How do you stay updated and continue to grow in your field? Have you pursued any professional development opportunities or certifications that have been particularly valuable? What would you recommend as effective strategies for building a strong professional network?
Company culture & job opportunities
Can you tell me a bit about the culture and values of your organisation? Are there any specific companies or organisations you would recommend exploring in this field? Are there any job openings or positions you are aware of that may be a good fit for someone with my skills and interests?
Is there anyone else you would recommend I speak with to gain further insights? Can I keep in touch with you in the future for any additional questions or guidance? Can I use your name as a referral or reference when appropriate?
Remember, the goal of an informational interview is to learn and build relationships, so be attentive, engage in active listening, and follow up with a thank-you note or email after the interview.
Are you looking for a job?
Now that you know what questions to ask in an informational interview, you should take a moment to check our current vacancies page.
At 11 Recruitment, we have a range of white-collar temp and perm jobs available. We're always on the lookout for top talent to place with our clients, so we encourage you to apply for any positions that are of interest.
If none of our current vacancies are right for you, you should register for job alerts. Then we’ll be able to notify you when we receive a position that matches your profile.
What are your thoughts?
I'd love to have a conversation with you about this topic - please leave a comment below if you have any thoughts or opinions 🙂
Managing Director of 11 Recruitment