Informational interviews are a great way to create a better understanding of a major, career, or field that interests you. This is also an opportunity to build a network for the future.
Below are possible interview questions to help get you started. Many of these questions can be used whether you are interviewing a TME Mentor, Faculty or Staff Member, Alumni, or someone in a career field of interest. Remember, you can always ask additional questions to further discover possible majors and careers, and assist you on your exploration journey.
Questions about Majors
- How did you decide on your major?
- Why did you decide on your major?
- What types of jobs or careers could I pursue with this major?
- What advice would you give for someone considering this type of major?
- Are there related majors I should look into?
- What courses did you most enjoy in your major or related to your major and why?
- What are some key skills you learned through your major?
Questions about Involvement and Experiences
- What type of jobs or internships would you recommend I pursue if I am interested in this career path/major?
- What are/were you involved in while you were a student?
- What advice do you have for balancing professional clubs/activities with fun and interesting ones?
- Are there any professional organizations related to this major or career that I should be aware of?
- What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were starting out?
- What research projects are you currently working on or have you worked on?
- What recommendations do you have if I’m looking to get involved in a research project?
Questions about Career Exploration
- How did your major prepare you for your career?
- How did your experience in college prepare you for your career?
- How did you begin your career?
- What does this job entail on a daily basis?
- What are the challenges to your job/career? How have you dealt with them?
- What makes a person successful at this job or in this industry? What skills do they need?
- Are there related fields I should look into?