Informational Interview Questions

Sample Questions

The following 11 questions are samples to help you prepare for an Informational Interview. You can absolutely create your own, just remember—there's nothing worse than asking someone to take time out of their busy day to meet with you, and you show up with nothing to say!

1. How did you start out in [this industry]?

  • Education?
  • Skills?
  • Experience?

2. Is there something you wish you’d known or a skill you wish you’d had starting out in [this industry]? Or Is there something you wish you had done differently starting out?

3. What’s the culture like at [this company] compared to [similar company]?

4. What’s your biggest challenge in this role?

5. What do you dislike about this company?

6. What do you like most about this company?

7. Would you mind taking a quick look at my resume? (This is only if the person has any hand in hiring.)

8. How does my experience stack up to others applying for [specific position]? (Again, this is only if the person has any hand in hiring).

9. What type of personalities fit in best at your company?

10. What is the best way to get my foot in the door here?

11. Is there anyone else you think I should speak to?