Conduct an informational interview with a person concerning either a career you are interested in or one which you have already selected. In this short interview (about ten minutes) you will ask pertinent questions concerning your chosen (or prospective) career, including each of the questions on the attached sheets. Explain that the questions are an assignment for your college class.
The interview will be conducted with a person of your choice, either an appropriate businessperson (in Killeen, Harker Heights, Copperas Cove, or your hometown), or an instructor at Central Texas College who is knowledgeable in your field. Be sure to include the full name and business phone and position held by the businessperson or instructor (for purpose of verification).
Thank the business person or instructor for his/her help. Take notes on your own paper first. Then neatly summarize the answers of the businessperson or instructor in your own document. This means that you can write in the Q&A format, but do not provide a verbatim answer. Summarize what was said. When you ask a question you will receive a response. Do not stop there! Probe the question to find out as much information as you can to be able to answer the main question intelligently. Take notes and then provide a summary of everything that was said as a response to each question and followup probes in a well-written paragraph (1-2 sentences are not enough). In the end you should have at least 6 well-written paragraphs (each responding to a different question). Your 7th paragraph will then offer a final reflection of your overall experience with the interview and offer final thoughts about what you learned and what you found useful in it. Finally, please write in first or third person’s point of view only.
Informational Interview Questions:
- What educational training is necessary for this job?
- What kinds of work experience will prepare a candidate for this field?
- What kind of job satisfaction does this field offer?
- What are the future employment prospects for this profession?
- Are there disadvantages in this profession?
- What characteristics does a person need to have in order to be successful in this field?
Write an after-the-Interview Thank-you Letter. Many people often fail to send a thank you letter after an interview. Write a “thank you” for the Informational Interview that follows the advice discussed in this chapter. If you need to, you may create a letter for a “fictional interview”– but write it sincerely, for a “real” company. Write it as if you actually had an interview.)