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?