Informational Interview Questions for PMP Professionals

Hello All, I'm doing a homework assignment to interview at least 5 or 10 people in the PM sector. It doesn't matter what background you have but I would like to get your input on why you chosen the career in the first place. If you don't mind at all sending me a DM if you don't feel comfortable putting it on the thread. I really appreciate your help. Thanks. See questions below.

  • How did you get into this industry?
    • Is there anything that you'd do differently if you were in my place?
  • How do you spend your time most days?
  • Can you tell me about some of the projects that you've gotten to work on?
  • What do you like and dislike about your job?
  • What resources do you use to stay sharp?
  • Do you attend any meetups or associations that you like?
  • What tips do you have for someone starting out in this field?
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informational interview tips

Hi!

I am conducting an informational interview with an optometrist soon and was wondering if you guys had any tips on what types of questions I should ask, how many questions are appropriate, how long the interview should be? Also, I was thinking about bringing a notepad and pen and jotting some key points down but was also wondering if that was the appropriate way to conduct that?

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Did an informational interview with my internship department head yesterday...

He looked at my resume and was like "wow, so you were only really on campus at UCLA for like 6 months after you transferred it looks like?"

"Yup."

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How do you thank people for agreeing to an informational interview?

I cold-messaged someone on LinkedIn and asked if I could talk to them about their work experience. They actually connected with me and replied with a yes! I didn't expect that because networking has never worked out in any kind of capacity for me before. How do I genuinely thank them (without sounding like an unprofessional fan) and mention the times I have available?

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Requesting People for an informational interview about JET and teaching in Japan for a university course assignment

Hello everyone!

I'm currently a University student enrolled in a "From Degree to Career" course and I have an assignment where I need to interview individuals in the field I intend to go into after graduation. I would be asking questions about job requirements, skill sets I should have, the experience of living in Japan as a visible foreigner, the English curriculum, and if you're a woman, what being a foreign woman in Japan is like in the workforce and in society. I am a Canadian citizen as well if anyone else is Canadian and has specific advice to give on that in an interview.

I know every situation is different and a lot of this information I have learned from google but for the assignment to count I have to interview someone, either by email, skype/zoom, phone call or whichever method you are most comfortable with. The assignment is due April 1st but I like to get a head start. I'm brand new to Reddit so please forgive me if I'm doing this all wrong lmao.

I reached out to my local JET chapter in January, but I've only heard back from one of their members and I need to interview at least two people. Your time and personal experience are much appreciated! I wish everyone a fantastic day :)

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So is the Cornell interview really just supposed to be informational?

I have my interview tmmw but the interviewer keeps saying β€œthis is completely optional and is just for you to get more information about Cornell, etc..”

So are they even going to care about how I do in the interview? Are they going to ask me any questions at all? Or do they expect me to just ask my interviewer all the questions instead?

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I'm a prospective FSO (USAID). How should I go about finding current FSOs in my technical area for informational interviews to learn more about the career?

Sift through my network for leads? Cold message people on LinkedIn? Reach out to diplomats-in-residence?

The information publicly available about the career is super limited. I passed the OA but really want to know more about the kinds of positions and scopes of work for an FSO in my technical area (public health)

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Need help finding people for an informational interview assignment.

Hi! I’m a student studying Electrical Engineering and I have to do an assignment where I interview 3 professionals to find out more about the career paths I am interested in. Just things like day to day life, main responsibilities, advice for someone just starting out, etc. I am interesting in either getting into aerospace or electric vehicles, I also want to volunteer for organizations like Engineers Without Borders. So if you have experience in any of those industries and or know someone and would like to help me out let me know! We can either talk through DM or exchange emails if you’re willing! Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Comrades - is it weird to introduce yourself as an 0L when asking for an informational interview?

TYSM <3333333 happy friday beloveds

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Looking for informational interview contact

Hi everyone,

I need to do an informational interview for my capstone MPH class. I'm ideally looking for someone in clinical epidemiology or mental health epidemiology, although I'm also interested in anyone working at a local or state health department.

You just have to be willing to spend 10-15 minutes on Zoom or Google Meet (your preference) with me to talk about your job (I have questions to ask, so it's not all on you!). It's pretty low-key, can even be camera off if you prefer (I do need a screenshot of the screen for proof that I didn't make someone up haha, but you don't have to be in it).

Let me know if you'd be up for this! You don't need to be in a hiring position or anything like that.

Thank you!

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[Peter] This was a thoroughly informational interview, only just released, but the most startling part was this: where Reggie Cannon claims FC Dallas asked him to apologize for his post game comments about the β€œboo’ing incident”. If true, that’s problematic. twitter.com/peet2/status/…
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Informational Interview Request

Hi everyone, I'm a student taking a data science course through Springboard and as part of the curriculum I need to conduct 2 informational interviews. Would anyone be willing to have one with me so that I may learn more about the role of a data scientist/ data analyst?

I look forward to working with anyone that is willing to help me out.

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Understand the Role of Informational Interviews learn.rumie.org/jR/bytes/…
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My girlfriend is having an informational interview with a staff writer for a Netflix show to pick her brain about how she got to where she is. What are some questions you’d ask in her position?

Not a job interview, just a discussion over zoom to pick her brain. Thanks!

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Looking for a GC to do a informational interview with

Hello! I am a medical laboratory scientist and I have been interested in genetic counseling for a long time. I have been pursuing PA school, but I feel that GC might be a better fit for me. The PA path appealed to me over GC because there are more positions and I am familiar with it, but I feel that I would like that actual work as a GC more. That being said, my information on the profession has come solely from the internet and I have not interacted with anyone in the field before. I have reached out to some local GCs, but have not heard back. I am hoping to find someone that would be willing to talk with me (virtually) and answer some questions that I have about the profession. I live in the PNW and would love a perspective from someone who works in that region, but I am really open to speaking with any GC!

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Anyone had a beneficial informational interview?

Dear Friends - I've been thinking about making a jump to a new position.

Without saying too much... I'm tenured/full so I realize my chances aren't great just due to the small numbers of positions.

I have an informational interview and want to make the most of it without being awkward, weird, etc...

Anyone done one of these and feel the experience was a success? Even if you didn't get a position out of it, there might be reasons why you think it was great.

I appreciate your suggestions on how to do this well. I think those who have done this successfully might help me and others also on the job market.

Thanks!!!

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Informational Interview

Does anyone work as a paralegal at the ACLU or other nonprofit that would be willing to do an informational interview for me for one of my classes? Here are the questions:

How did you obtain your job?

What is a typical day/week/month like for you?

What project(s) are you working on right now?

What excites you about your work?

What type of training is necessary to enter this field?

What type of skills does your office look for when you hire people in this field?

What problems or issues are facing this employer/practice/area of law?

What are the major rewards/frustrations of your job?

What professional materials/publications should I be reading in this field?

Is there anything else you think I should know before I sign up to volunteer?

Thanks so much!

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Confusing Informational Interview

I had an informational interview with a firm this week. They aren't hiring 2Ls right now (thanks COVID), but wanted to talk to me anyway. They said they wanted to keep in touch for when something comes up. After the meeting, they introduced me to someone who shares the same legal interests as me and want me to connect with her. Am I missing something? What is the point of talking to multiple people at a firm who is not hiring? I'm not sure what to say to her and I feel like I'm wasting my time. OCI is in a few weeks and I'd rather network with firms who are hiring.

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Casual informational interview?- Academic research assistant to PathAsst?

Hi all, would anyone be willing to participate in a casual online/phone informational interview?

I’m in my mid-30’s and have worked as a research lab assistant in biomedical academic labs my entire career life. I only discovered that Pathologists’ Assistant was a thing not too long ago and think it would be a great fit for me! However, I realize I’m not exactly the most traditional of candidates.

My current boss has encouraged me to find 3 people in the field to interview so I can get a better idea of the career and what would make me a good fit. Naturally, I’m curious if there are others out there that came from an academic research background rather than MT/MLT background, what others who began their PathA journey in their mid-30s or later’s experience was like, or anyone who just wants to chat with a curious person about the details of their career who has tips, tricks, suggestions, and dirty deets!

I would love to hear from any and all of you!

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StreetFighter Informational interview

How's it going everyone, I am currently seeking information about the StreetFighter community. I am really looking to learn the ins and outs of this community, for example, who are the influencers in this space? What makes a streetfighter event memorable? If you had unlimited money and could create the next street fighter event, what would things would you include? Thank you! please reach out on Twitter @ pickingold if you are willing to hop on a zoom call.

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Advice for making the most of informational interviews (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed insidehighered.com/advice…
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Is there anyone here that would let me have an informational interview with them?

I have an assignment for school where I have to have an informational interview with someone in the industry, and it'd be great if we can meet over zoom hopefully this weekend.

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Informational interviews with Industry professionals - what to ask

Hey r/LeavingAcademia,

I have set up a few informational interviews with some people in industry, and I'm wondering what questions I can ask. I have a few ready, but I'm wondering, what would you ask a professional in your field to get a sense of their job, career path and skills? What would you like to know before potentially taking a position at their company?

Thanks in advance!

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PM Informational Interview at current company

Hi all,

I need some advice for an informational interview I have with a Marketing Manager on a Product Manager I role. This is at a company I’m currently working for, and I am looking to make a switch in my career. I’ve been at this company for two years in a Quality Specialist role with no product management experience, but I do have experience with the products itself (I mainly review production records).

I’ve reached out to Product Managers at my company in the past to get a sense of what they do and their background, but now, there’s finally an opening for a level 1 PM role.

I reached out to the Marketing Manager for an informational interview on this role- what kind of questions should I be asking?

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Informational Interview Help

Hello Ladies!

I am in a bit of a weird situation and would love any advice and perspective that you can give. As we know, informational interviews are so so so important to job hunting, networking and building existing relationships. Yet, it can be hard to find someone to talk to you and even harder to ask the right questions.

I have an interview coming up at a local tech/consulting company and my friend who works there encouraged me to set up some informational interviews with the team to get a better idea of the culture as well as to introduce myself in an informal setting. Normally, for these coffee chats, I ask fairly general, open-ended questions about the person and company, since we're just getting to know each other. Things like:

  • What is the culture like in your team?

  • What are some of the qualities for a person who would fit well on your team?

  • What are some of your favourite moments from working with this team/company?

However, my friend has mentioned that the questions should be more specific and also related to solving painpoints that they're experiencing. Unfortunately, she's pretty busy this week so we don't have more time to talk and I want to do my part as well. I've never had an informational interview before when I know I'm going to be interviewing at the company. Besides straight up asking what the team's pain points are, I'm really struggling to think of relevant questions.

Do you have any tips for doing informational interviews?

What kind of questions would you ask if you were in my shoes?

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25 [F4R] US/Anywhere - Informational interviews?

Hi there! Hope you're doing well. This isn't a typical r4r post, but I was wondering if anyone would be interested in talking to me a little bit about their career. My New Year's resolution is to find a new job by June, but I'm not quite sure what I want to do next. I read the job-hunting book What Color is your Parachute?, and it suggested having informational interviews with people working in the types of jobs/industries you're interested in to see what's out there.

In terms of jobs I'm thinking about, I talked to a career coach who suggested copywriting and technical writing as good options for me. So if you're a copywriter or technical writer, I'd love to hear from you! Other jobs I'd be interested in learning about include ghostwriter, screenwriter, editorial and publishing coordinator, and book editor. As I was sorting out my interests, I knew I liked writing and self-driving cars. So I've been tentatively thinking that "technical writer for a self-driving car company" would be a good career direction, with the dream company being Tesla.

Before I commit to that path, however, I'd like to learn more about what's out there, since I'm not sure technical writing ticks all the boxes for me. I like the idea of creating something new through my work, of my desire for creative expression aligning with how I spend my work day, like someone who writes books for a living. I want to be creatively fulfilled through my job itself rather than needing to work hard at a job and then work hard at home on personal creative endeavors. That said, I'm also risk-averse, so I don't think I'd have the stomach for something as financial unstable as being an author until I've retired. There's also something appealing about starting my own business, but I wouldn't know where to begin. So for now, I'm thinking of giving the 9-5 another shot, remaining a replaceable cog, but at least doing something that has more novelty than my current work.

I have a vague idea of orienting my life such that I could appear on a panel called, "What can you do with a B.A. in English?" I'd talk about my varied experiences as a technical writer, legal writer, screenwriter, publishing agent, author, etc. There's also a part of me that wants to do something out of left field that would inform my creative work in interesting ways, like being a professional cuddler, hypnotherapist, psychedelic guide, or horse rancher. When I'm older and wiser, maybe 60, I'd like to be a high school English teacher

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Advice on what exactly do you do and ask in an informational interview ?

So I’ve trying to get better about networking and I managed to reach out to a few lawyers who are willing to speak to me about their fields of law. I know this may sound stupid but I am so confused about you should ask and if there are any unspoken things that you should not ask? Literally anything will be helpful!

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Call for faculty position applications: worth applying if not competitive? Asking for informational interview with dean/chair of search committee? (Assistant Professor TT position - health - Canada)

Hello, I am a freshly minted PhD (Canada, public health/epi/health studies) looking for advice. Sorry for this rambly post in advance. TL;DR questions at the bottom. I am a lost PhD grad confused about my future.

I was more of your run of the mill, average student academically, given I graduated without any major competitive national/international scholarships. My forte was really in community service and I was quite active with the student body and recognized for student leadership, and some small small local/conference-wide research awards. Instead of going the post-doc route, I started working for a large intergovernmental organization that is related to my field with some publication opportunities. I started working in my last year of my PhD as my thesis was wrapping up, and am starting my second year working here. At the time I thought it was a nice alternative to the typical post-doc, given the salary perk, and since I would get experience closely related to my research area with publication opportunities.

I was aiming to publish while working professionally to beef up my CV, as I do not have a formal post-doc position. Lo' and behold, due to COVID-19 and a need to respond to this as part of my work/surge capacity/work scope creep, I have had way too much operational work to focus on research outputs. I have only published 2 papers in 2020 out of a total of 7/8 since 2015, a couple under review and one article kind of demoted from a research article to a commentary but published in a nice journal.

I am interested in entering academia in the future if it is feasible, however I believe I am not yet competitive enough to apply. Since teaching was not an obligation during my PhD, I have only TAed in an undergraduate department as an extra-curricular for two years, so I have very little to go on for my teaching dossier given minimal teaching experience and negligible teaching evaluations. I have had no major research grants under my name. I also don't quite know how to go about knowing at what point I would become more competitive, and how I could improve this outside of academia.

  1. If academia is where I want to go next (for more freedom as a PI). Is my best bet to give up the non-academic work and look for a post-doc position to get grant and independent research experience? (During my PhD, I did have some grant-writing experience and my PhD was 50% off of a seed grant under my supervisor's name that I helped get)
  2. I would like to reach out t
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Seeking any employment professional to do an informational interview for students on a career education podcast!

Everyone & all jobs are relevant!

Podcast Name: The Work University Podcast
Link: https://workuniversity.org/podcast
Email me at: [email protected]
Topics Discussed: Informational Interviews/job info for students of all ages
Length of Episode: 20 minutes (you may stay anonymous if you like!)

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I need help finding professionals who are willing to answer questions for an informational interview assignment.

Hi! I’m a student studying Electrical Engineering and I have to do an assignment where I interview 3 professionals to find out more about the career paths I am interested in. Just things like day to day life, main responsibilities, advice for someone just starting out, etc. I am interesting in either getting into aerospace or electric vehicles, I also want to volunteer for organizations like Engineers Without Borders. So if you have experience in any of those industries or know anyone and would like to help me out let me know! We can either talk through DM or exchange emails if you’re willing! Any help is greatly appreciated!

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