You can ask questions like:
1. Can you tell me more about the team I will be working on? What roles are on the team, who do I work regularly with (what roles or team names) and what are the teams key goals?
2. Can you tell me more about the hours, schedule, flexibility, remote/on-site/hybrid work model?
3. How quickly are you looking to fill the position?
4. Is this a permanent role or temporary/contractor role?
5. What are the most critical skill sets/strengths of someone successful in this tole?
Some questions can include:
- Why do you like working at this company? What excites you in your current role?
- What led you to this current role? Can you tell me more about your career path?
- Can you tell me about the dynamics of your team/company? Is it collaborative, are people encouraged to share ideas, ask questions?
- Are there professional development opportunities at this company? Do you see yourself growing here and does the leadership encourage growth?
- What are the qualities you're looking for in a candidate to add value to this team? (If interested in a specific area)
What do you like most about your career?
What does a typical day look like for you?
What was your major in college and how did it lead you to your current career path?
What do you like least about your career?
Where do you see your career in the next 5, 10, 15 years?
What's the growth path in your career?
Good luck to you!
In terms of preparing for the interview I would say make sure you can talk through you resume to describe you past experiences and roles. Also, taking a detail look at the job description and be able to articulate the skill set you have that closely matches what employer is looking for you. Lastly, have so good questions to ask since you are also interview the company to see if this is a place or position you want.
Definitely wish I did more of these. These are great ways to learn about a company to make sure you are a right fit or they are a right fit for you.
I love questions involving career progression - depending on what you are trying to get into.
Whats a typical day like?
What is the culture like?
What is the coaching like?
These are some great ones
Jennifer "JJ"’s Answer
An informational interview is the opportunity for you to learn more about the role, not just for the company to learn more about you. Obviously be prepared to be able to talk about yourself, your strengths, your weaknesses, why you are interested in this role. Also be prepared to listen! I always reccomend having a notebook and a pen handy, be able to take notes, typing them up can be distracting. As someone who has interviewed frequently, I also always recommend having a few questions prepared for the interviewer, it can anything from personal like : "what do you love about this company" or more role oriented like "what else can someone do to be successful in this role"
I would avoid questions like "can i have feedback about how i did?" or "how can I make myself more attractive for this role" this is not something that many interviewers will feel comfortable answering, especially since you are making your first, and often times only impression now and questions like this undermines your confidence.
1. How long have you (interviewer) worked for the organization?
2. Do team members typically hang out after work hours?
3. Do you find that you enjoy the people you work with?
4. Does the organization typically higher from within for higher level positions?
I'm sure I've missed a couple but I hope his helps.
I now am a professor at a university and teach a course that includes an informational interview! I believe this is a great way to meet people and learn more about your future career.
Questions - I love the questions that Katie suggested. First, let's be clear about an Informational Interview: An informational interview is an informal conversation you can have with someone working in an area of interest to you. It's NOT a job interview. It's an opportunity to learn more about the career you'd like to have in the future.
Here are some questions to consider:
What sparked your interest in this career field?
What does a typical day entail in your line of work?
What do you like most about your career field?
What are some challenges you face in this career choice?
How do you handle your work-life balance?
What suggestions do you have for someone who is interested in this field?
Who else do you recommend I talk to?
Here's a video you can watch: https://www.candidcareer.com/video-informational+interviewing,bddaa88aa1b24bace450,UMGC
- How long have you been at the company? If it has been a long time, what has made you stay?
- What does your work/life balance look like here?
- What are some of the main skills I would need to succeed in this role, and the company as a whole?
Here are some questions to consider:
1. What is your favorite part about your job?
2. What does you day-to-day look like?
3. I read about [X] recently, what are your thoughts on that?
4. What are the signs you look for when identifying the best culture fit for you?
5. What is the most challenging part of this career path?
6. What are some trends you're noticing in the industry you're in?