Hadas Kotek » Informational interview questions

Informational interview questions

This post is part of a longer blog post about informational interviews, created for ease of saving and printing.

As part of a careers for linguists workshop I’ve been teaching, we have developed a long set of questions I will reproduce below. We tweak the questions and pick just a subset every time we host an external speaker, to match the speaker’s background and experience. I’ve organized these questions by topic for readability.

A useful conversation starter: Tell me about yourself and what you do

Questions about skills

Questions about the day-to-day in the job

Questions about prepping

Questions about applications and interviews

Questions for anyone involved in hiring

Questions about immigration

Questions about career growth

Questions about leaves and disability

Questions about compensation

A useful conversation ender: do you know anyone else [with relevant skills, title, background, etc.] who you could connect me with?