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Informational Interview Questions
The following questions are intended to help you build a detailed “picture” about a particular aviation career during your informational interview. Use these questions only as a guideline. You may not have time to ask all of these questions, so pick questions that you want to know more about. Your interview will be most informative, if you create questions that reflect your own curiosity about a particular career. Other questions will probably pop into your head spontaneously during the interview. Remember, people are often happy to discuss their careers and experiences with others – especially students.

AvScholars divided these questions into four categories to help you ask questions regarding the interviewee’s educational and career background.

Educational Background

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What is your occupation?
How long have you worked in this job?
How did you get your job?
What are the educational requirements (i.e. degree or certificate) for your job?
Describe your typical work day?
What are your job duties and responsibilities?
What kinds of problems do you deal with?
What kinds of decisions do you make?
What is your job’s salary range (minimum and maximum)?
What are your job’s challenges, benefits, rewards, and/or privileges?
What do you like most about your job?
•  What do you dislike about your job?
•  What do you like and dislike about working in this industry?
•  What can you tell me about the company you currently work for?
•  Does the company encourage and pay for employees to pursue graduate degrees?
Educational Background
•  How did you become interested in this career and how did you get started?
What is your educational background?
Did you go to college? Where?
What was your major and/or minor?
What degrees or certificates did you earn?
Did you participate in any internships or cooperative education programs? Where?
What skills are most important for a position in this field?
What academic courses do you find most relevant to your day-to-day work?
How well did your college experience prepare you for this job?
How important are grades/GPA for obtaining a job in this field?
Who helped you to get into this field? Did you have a mentor?
How important is it to know someone in this industry?
What associations, organizations, or clubs are useful to join in this field?
What magazines, journals, and web sites are important to read in this field?
Which associations, organizations, or clubs would help me learn more about this field?
What were your educational and career accomplishments and achievements?
What were your educational and career failures or disappointments?
What are your long-term career goals?
What are your recommendations to a high school student interested in your career?
If you could do things all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself?
• Why?
• What would you change?
If you are laid-off from work or your job was eliminated, what other types of jobs can you apply for based on your educational background and work experience(s)?
What are the main or most important personal characteristics for success in the field?

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