Informational Interview

Questions to Ask an Alumni Career Partner

Since you will most likely be having a conversation with your alumni connection, whether over e-mail, phone, or in person, it’s important for you to be prepared. You may wish to connect with alumni simply to gather information about a potential career field or company. This type of situation is known as Informational Interviewing. In this type of interview, you may ask some of the following questions:

  • How did you get started in this line of work?
  • How did you prepare yourself for this profession?
  • What does your typical day involve?
  • How much travel is involved with your profession?
  • What do you find most rewarding about your work?
  • What are the challenges?
  • What type of people do you work with?
  • What, in your opinion, is the job outlook in this field/company/geographic location?
  • What types of classes would help me prepare for your field?
  • What skills or personal qualities are essential in this field?
  • Could you recommend specific types of internships or volunteer work I can do to prepare myself for this career area?
  • Which professional organizations would you suggest I join?
  • Do you know anyone else in this career field who might be willing to talk to me about what they do?
  • Would you allow me to use your name when I contact them?

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In Daemen, I took ESL classes to improve my English. I worked at Canavan Desk and made a lot of friends over there. I participated in a Business dinner with my professors. I was invited to join a family party by my professors. During the weekends, I often take the school shuttle to the shopping mall. These experiences helped me to ease into the American-style of study, life, and business.