What use are these basic questions to me?
Before you meet with any employer for an informational interview, here are some basic questions, that you can use to guide your research. These can usually be answered on your own, before you reach the interview stage.
The purpose of using this list is:
- to help you do your research to test if this is work that truly interests you
- to save time at the interview, when you have an opportunity to ask the questions you couldn’t find the answers to in your research
- to give you a strong background understanding of the industry from which to answer the interview questions.
This list will guide you as to what to look for, when you are in the library, reading through newspaper articles, and researching online, etc.
Employers and workers, whom you interview, will also tend to take you more seriously, when they see you have done your research, and are knowledgeable about their industry, and the work you are asking about.
- Make copies of this Basic Questions Checklist.
- Put the name of each job you are researching at the top of each Basic Question List page.
- Keep these basic questions before you as you do your Job Research.
- Go through the Basic Questions Checklist writing your answers on the sheet or on an attached sheet.
- Keep your research sheets in an Information Folder for each job you are researching.
- For a small donation you can have this 50 Basic Research Questions Checklist Printout which is found in Career Manual 2.
- All Tests, Inventories and Worksheet Templates are available in an easily printable format in Career Manuals 1 and 2.
GUIDING COMMENT:Employers will tell you what schools they prefer to hire graduates from.
GUIDING COMMENT: Some schools have a tradition that their students are not accept pay for any work they do as students. Internships at some schools can take up to a year of unpaid work experience.
GUIDING COMMENT:From construction workers dealing with onsite risks, to hair stylists who work with many chemicals, you need to know the risks.
GUIDING COMMENT:Modeling is one career that has had a limited work life based on physical attributes.
GUIDING COMMENT: There may be unspoken requirements for some jobs that you have to be aware of. Don’t be afraid to dig for this information.
GUIDING COMMENT:Are you available to travel? Or do you need to be home everyday for your kids?
GUIDING COMMENT:If your main motivations aren’t being used in the job, let it go? You can’t keep up an interest very long, in a job that doesn’t motivate you.
While doing your research, using these basic questions, you may decide: “You know what. I’m not really interested in this type of work. It’s not what I thought it was.”
If that happens it’s Ok. That’s exactly why it’s important to research a job, before you waste time going any further with it.
If that happens it’s Ok. That’s exactly why it’s important to research a job, before you waste time going any further with it. Now that you know why that job is not for you, you can move on to the next one, and test that out using this Basic Questions Checklist.
Here is a shortlist of 20 Interview Questions for Information Interviews to ask when conducting your Informational Interviews.
You will get a great start in your informational interviews – by phone or in person – when you confidently begin the ball rolling, and put your interviewee at ease, by asking these questions.
You may find that these questions act as a springboard, to other questions that will come to mind, as you go through the interview.
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- 50 Basic Questions Checklist For Job Researching
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