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What are the best ways to find someone to interview?

Hello! I’m a high school junior looking for someone to interview for my engineering class. The only requirements are that they are from an engineering or tech heavy background although personally i’m very interested in science or programming related fields so that would be preferable. I would also prefer that they live in/are from/went to School in my state-north carolina, but that’s not a requirement. I tried linked in and googling to find professionals near me but the majority of what came up was add listings.

Does anyone have advice on how I can find someone in that field who would be interested in an interview?

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Brittney’s Answer

Hi Alexandra!

I would try to see if you can find a phone number for any of the companies you found in your search. If they seem like a legitimate engineering company, you should try to call and see if they have anyone on their team that would be willing to do that interview with you. Although it is not within their typical job requirements, they may be willing to take time out of their day to help an aspiring engineer like yourself!

If you aren't able to find any companies in your area, perhaps you could set up a virtual interview with an engineer outside of your local community? Again, I would recommend calling to see if interviewing on of their employees would be a possibility.

It was a great idea to post your question here! An engineer on the platform could also come across your question here. :)

I wish you all the best!
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Robert’s Answer

Another place to find someone to interview is the local chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Search their website and call the local chapter president. Ask them for someone appropriate to talk with. Best of luck!
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Michael’s Answer

Hi Alexandria! Thats great. Interviewing is a skill that you can use for your whole career. I would suggest finding a student who is enrolled at a local North Carolina college and is highly technical and setup an interview. They are most likely needing to conduct practice interviews anyway for internships, etc.
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Mark’s Answer

Hello Alexandra,

I am a mechanical engineer and would be happy to be interviewed by you but I understand your preference is someone in a science or programming field. I am located in Ohio and would be open to meet with you virtually if you are interested.
Regardless, I wish you the best.
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Lonnye’s Answer

I would have been happy to be interviewed by you! I have held numerous engineering roles in the Seattle area.
Thank you comment icon Hi Lonnye! That is so kind of you to offer! As a youth-serving organization, we want to be extra safe and cautious. In our Community Guidelines, you'll see that we do not allow Professionals and Students to organize communications outside of our community/platform. This includes inviting people to contact, follow, or connect with you outside of CareerVillage.org. In the meantime, I'll edit your advice. We'd love for you to come back and update the advice. We definitely want to hear from you on general tips on finding and setting up informational interviews! yoonji KIM, Admin
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Tunde’s Answer

Hi Alexandra! A simple and friendly way to find someone to interview could be through your parents' participation in your local town's Facebook group. If such a group exists and is active where you live, they could post a request for anyone who matches your criteria and would be open to meeting with you or having a chat over the phone. You could also consider asking your grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other family members to do the same in their respective communities. I'm confident that in no time, you'll find someone who's eager to assist you and answer your questions.
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