Informational Interview (due this week)As part of your job search preparation, you will plan for, conduct, and detail notes for an Informational Interview of someone working in your target career field. Please be sure you review the assignment template prior to completing the interview.Week 8:
and Grading Rubric
This document contains the template
you will use to complete this assignment. Save the file by adding your last
name to the filename (e.g. Week8_Informational_Interview_Template_Smith.docx). Be
sure to proofread and spell check your work before you submit it.
A grading rubric is also available at
the end of this document.
are FIVE steps to the Informational Interview.Step 1: Compile a
list of individuals in your target career field whom you would like to
interview. Try to identify people who are working at a company in which you are
interested. This is a good opportunity to practice your networking skills. Let
your classmates, friends, family members, and colleagues know that you need to complete
an informational interview with someone in your intended career field. You’ll
be amazed at how effective networking can be. Step 2:Prepare a
brief introduction of yourself and the purpose(s) of the informational
interview. Prepare a list of open-ended questions that would be appropriate to
ask during the informational interview. An Internet search using “informational
interview” will provide you with many examples of questions you might want to
use. Step 3:Practice
your interview with a classmate, friend, family member, or colleague and ask
them to critique your performance. Identify ways to improve based on their
feedback.Step 4:Set up a
day and time for the interview. Record the interviewee’s responses to your
questions. Send a thank-you letter, note, or email to the interviewee within
two business days of completing the interview. Step 5:Complete
the table below and submit it in Week 8.
Contact Information (phone number and/or email address)
(Please note that we may contact your interviewee to confirm the interview.)
Question #1: How did you get started in this field?
Question #2: Question #2: What are some ways that other
people you know have gotten started in this field
Question #3:: What are the pros and cons of working in
Question #4: What trait do employers look for in your
Question #5 If you had to do it over again, what you
have done differently to get where you are today?
Question #6: What additional resources would you
suggest to someone interested in your career field?
Question #7: Do you have any suggestions on how someone
might better their chances at finding a job in this field?
Question #8: I’ve brought along a copy of my resume. As
a professional in this field, what aspects do you think are strong? What
aspects need work?
Question #9: If I have additional questions in the
future can I reach out to you again?
Question #10: What do you think has made you successful
in your career?