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Sample Questions

General Questions About the Individual

  • What is your background, and how did you reach your current position?
  • What are some of the qualifications that make you successful in your position?
  • What attracted you to your field?

State of the Industry or Field

  • What are some of the key trends/issues in this industry/field?
  • What developments on the horizon could affect this industry's future?
  • How have changes within the last 5 years affected this industry/company?
  • Why do people leave this field or company?
  • Who are your company's major competitors and how does your company fare?

Skills & Experience

  • What qualifications do you seek in a new hire?
  • Which of my skills are strong compared to other job hunters in this field?
  • What do you think of the experience I've had so far?  For what types of positions would it qualify me?
  • What companies might be interested in hiring someone with my background?
  • Considering all the people you've met in your field/industry, what personal attributes are essential for success?

Nature of the Work

  • What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
  • What surprised you most about this field?
  • Would it be possible for me to shadow someone on the job for a day?

Additional Information

  • Where would you suggest I look for current information on salaries, employers, jobs and industry issues?
  • What websites or news sources have you found valuable?
  • Is there anything else you think I need to know or investigate?
  • What would you recommend to me in my job search?
  • Who else would you suggest I speak with? (Essential Question)

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