An informational interview:

…should be centered on gaining industry insight and useful information. Also remember to observe common etiquette by being respectful of your interviewee’s schedule and staying within your proposed time guidelines. In many cases, people are more than happy to provide you with professional information and advice. However, do not be discouraged if someone is unable to fit you into his or her busy schedule.

**Be sure to send a thank you note after completing your informational interview!

Possible Research Informational Interview Questions:

Q. Can you describe the current issues and trends within this industry?

Q.   What is a typical working environment like in this industry?

Q. What is your role in the organization?

Q. What is a typical day like for you?

Q. What background is necessary for persons in the field?

Q. What are some of the most important skills for people in this industry?

Q. What do you like best about your job?

Q. What do you like least about your job?

Q. Do you have any suggestions for publications or articles I should read about this field?

Q. Can you suggest any other people I could talk to? Do you mind if I use your name as a referral?

Q. Can I please have one of your business cards?