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What are three informational interview questions you will ask?

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Thank you comment icon Hi, Silvia. Great question! I'd love some more insight behind your question. Are you looking for examples of questions to ask during an informational interview? And what type of career(s) are you looking into? This will me and others to provide you with helpful answers. Thanks! Nicole M.

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Jennifer’s Answer

When I do an informational interview, I want to see that someone has done their research on me and my company. So, for example, they've looked at my Linked-In, blog and twitter and also have read the blog of my company and the news about my team.
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Mallika’s Answer

Hi Silvia,

Since your question is very generic, I'd like to keep my answer simple and general as well.

The three very basic questions that I would ask in any interview and would like to get information on are:
1. What are your main responsibilities as a [position]? - The answer to this question will help you understand what would your responsibilities look like..
2. What kinds of problems do you deal with and what type of decisions do you make? - This will help you understand what are the difficulties/problems in this type of role and you can take actions that will help you perform better in that situation.
3. What does a day look like for you? - This will help you in understanding how you will be spending your days in that role and thus you can access from all of these answers if you think you are a fit for the role/company's culture etc.

Hope this helps!
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Deborah’s Answer

What have you done to prepare for this job?
How is your performance in your current job?
What interests you about this job?

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Ashish’s Answer

Informational interview can be an indirect way of proposing yourself for an internship.
You have to promote your personality, behavioral traits like you are eager to learn, show you are reliable and trust worthy.

Do some homework, read as much as you can about the company. Find the interviewee’s bio through LinkedIn. Check out Facebook, Twitter and other social media as well.
If it is possible, try to find someone who is alumni of the same college/university as you are.

Following are my top three questions -

1. Please tell me about the career path that led you to your job.
Note - Get as much information about the person from LinkedIn and see the career transitions he/she has had and remodel this question based on the career transitions he/she had. For example - I understand you started as developer then how did you transition your career and land up in sales now.

2. What experiences best prepared you for your job?

3. What type of skill sets should I develop as I try to move into this career?
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Spencer’s Answer

Sylvia - great question. The type of questions you ask in an interview can be a great opportunity to show your potential employer what the things that matter to you on a personal level are, as well as get information that might normally not be discussed during the interview process.

Some favorites of mine:
1. When you think about people who have excelled at this role in the past, what habits or processes did they have, both personal and professional, that helped them excel?
2. What types of senior leadership/executive level exposure will I get in this role?
3. Is success in this role based more on the quantity of work completed, or the quality and process of the work completed?
4. What are your most successful employees motivated by?
5. In preparing for this role, what industry resources or existing networks can I leverage to be better prepared for Day One?

Hope this helps!
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Gabby’s Answer

Hi Silvia,

Great question and there are many right answers! Typically it depends on the type of role I am recruiting for at the moment. If I am hiring for a marketing role I will ask questions associated with this industry. Same situation if I am hiring for a data analytics role. My goal is to ask specific questions related to the role; however, it may also help you to understand WHY I would ask such questions, which I've added below as well:

A few questions I will ask candidates:
1. What type of work are you looking for and why?
2. What are your top 3 qualities of the ideal position and company to work for?
3. What do you know about my organization (please do research when you have an interview scheduled; this shows initiative and interest!)
4. If the candidate is currently do the job I am hiring for, I ask what does your typical day look like?

Why:
Does the candidate have experience and/or understand what is required of this role? If they don't have experience, are they interested and have they done research about the role and industry or are they just applying to every position and seeing "what sticks." This question shows intent and tells me as a recruiter, you know what you're looking for.

Good luck!

Gabby recommends the following next steps:

There are great sites you can check out for additional questions online. Another option is to ask friends, family and others who've had experience interviewing. You'll get a variety of responses and it will help you focus on what questions to ask for positions you're interested in pursuing.
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