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Complete the Informational Interview Assignment using the document below, then reflect on the experience in the Informational Interview Discussion Forum. Please add your own questions that you find useful for the interview in No. 6,7 and 8.
Informational Interview: Career Mentor Questionnaire
Your Career Mentor must be someone who has experience your field of interest and has been involved in hiring. Your mentor should have a minimum of three years of experience in the industry, and a background or knowledge of the hiring process for entry level candidates in their field. Interviews can be conducted by phone, in person, or virtually.
Before the interview:
· Arrange the interview. With permission to use the name of the person who referred you, arrange the phone, video, or in-person interview. Contact the person to set up an interview by telephone, by an email followed by a telephone call, or by having someone who knows the person make the appointment for you. An example follows:
o Hello Mr. Jones, my name is YOUR NAME. Sally Smith indicated you would be a good person for me to speak with for information and advice on the NAME industry. I’m a class at Trine University and am gathering information for my job search. If possible, I’d like to set up a short meeting with you in the next two weeks.
· Treat the appointment as you would a job interview. Prepare for the interview by researching the company in which your contact works. Dress professionally. Print out your list of questions you’d like to ask your contact. Bring copies of your resume with you to the interview. Consider emailing a confirmation of your appointment with your professional resume attached to the message as background information about you.
After the interview:
· Send a thank you card. Ask for a business card and send a thank you letter within 24 hours of the interview. Personalize it, let them know what you learned, and your next steps as a result of their advice.
· If you will be conducting another informational interview on your own, follow up with: Would you be willing to connect me with anyone else you know who might be able to offer some advice? (You can either ask your current interviewee to make an email introduction for you, or ask if it’s okay to use your interviewee’s name when contacting the person).
Student Name: Interviewee Name: Interviewee Job Title: Interviewee Years of Supervisory Experience: Informational Interview Questions
Ask the following required questions in the interview. Please also develop three of your own questions to ask in the interview. Share the questions and the answers in the respective blanks below.
1. What activities, classes, or other parts of your college experience best prepared you for your career?
2. What skills and experience are the most important in your field?
3. What media outlets (blogs, magazines, newspapers, Twitter feeds, etc.) should I be reading or watching to stay current in the industry? What organizations or online groups do you recommend?
4. What do you think is the future outlook for your industry? What kinds of changes are taking place in this type of work?
5. Would you be willing to review my resume and offer your professional opinion and advice for what could be improved?
6. Write your own question
7. Write your own question
8. Write your own question