Ah, the informational interview. It’s golden to networking and beneficial to expand your knowledge about a specific company and career path.
Once you land the informational interview, the critical component entails creating a strategy to make the most of it.
Paul Freiberger, author of When Can You Start?: How to Ace the Interview and Win the Job, told Fortune, “Be sure to research both the latest developments in the industry and the background of the person you’re meeting.”
As for some pointers, he suggested keeping questions open-ended.
- Where do you see this industry (or profession) going in the next few years? What changes have you seen in the course of your career so far?
- Which skills have you found most helpful, and which ones will be most important in the future?
- Could you describe your average workday and your key job responsibilities?
- What are the best and worst things about working in this field today?
- What resources help you keep up with the industry? Which trade or professional associations have you found most useful?
- Has anything surprised you over the course of your career? What changes have you found most challenging?
- Would you choose this field if you had it to do over again? Is there anything you would do differently?
- What are the biggest technological changes influencing this business right now?