Ask about the individual:
How did you choose this career?
What is your training? Your experience?
What are your skills? Duties? Responsibilities?
What do you like the most about it and why? Least?
What do you see for your future?
Ask about the career and the industry:
Who are the primary customers that you serve?
What does it take to prepare and deliver the product or service?
How are technology, consumer demand, and regulations affecting the career and
What are the advantages of this career and industry? The disadvantages?
Ask about the working conditions:
How demanding is the work -- physically, mentally, emotionally?
How is employee morale? turnover?
Is most of the work indoors or outdoors?
How much travel is involved?
Is there time for family life? for outside interests?
Do you work alone or with other people?
Do you deal mostly with data, people or things?
Ask about opportunities:
Are there opportunities for advancement? for professional growth?
Are employee training programs available?
Is there job security? financial security?
What employee benefits (insurance, vacations, etc.) are available?
How do salaries compare with other careers?
Ask about entering the field:
Is it difficult to enter the field after you get your training? Is there a best
What are the qualities and abilities employers are looking for?
Do you recommend certain schools? Why? Are there delays in entering schools
What is the career path taken by the most successful employees?
What is the job outlook over the next few years?
What are the leading firms and are there advantages in working for them?
Ask near the end of the interview:
Would you do it over again?
What other advice do you have for me?
Will you give me the names of 3 others I might visit with? (get name, company,
job title, phone)
May I tell them you referred me?
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