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Don’t tell them about your cat...

Posted By Lily McCall, GAIN intern, Thursday, November 18, 2010
So you’ve got 25 minutes with someone to talk to them and get something out of an informational interview. Make the time count and ask productive questions. Open-ended ones are good and asking people about themselves is always a good way to go. What’s that? You want specific examples of good questions to ask? Sure... here ya go:
  • What is a typical day or week for someone with X sort of position in X sort of field/organization?
  • What kind of background is necessary for this sort of area/position?
  • What advice can you give me as to how I should best prepare or look for a job in X organization/area?
  • What are the frustrations and drawbacks of X position or X organization or X field?
  • What kinds of positions to people normally end up in 5/10/20 years down the line after a certain kind of position?
  • What are the hours and schedule like?
  • What is a typical salary for someone in X position or field?
  • Any advice on developing new job leads?
  • Do you know any other great people such as yourself who might be good for me to talk with?

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