your the interview report, I'd like you to conduct two
interviews with two professionals in a field of study
that interests you. Once you've conducted the interviews,
I'd like you to organize your findings in a report.
The report should introduce the two porfessionals, should
examine their views of the particular field, and should
evaluate which of the interviews was more beneficial.
As always, the content of the interviews should with
a profession that interests you. I've included some
What specific qualifications are employers looking
for in the resumes of job applicants in this field
(internships, volunteer work, experience in the
What particular skills are employers looking for
in the resumes of job applicants in this field
(computer skills, communication skills)?
What suggestions can you make to help me better
prepare for this profession?
How competitive is this field? How difficult was
it to find a job in this particular field?
What do you do during a typical day at work? What
is worst aspect of this profession?
What are the benefits and advantages of being
in this profession?
How does the profession differ from what you expected?
the finished report should include an introduction and
--should answer the following questions:
Who are the interviewees?
• What do they do?
• Where do they work?
• What degree(s) do they hold?
--the conclusion should discuss the importance of the
--what was the most significant aspect(s) of each interview?
--was one interview more beneficial than the other?
--how might the information gained from the interviews
benefit you (now and in the
--in short, explain and reflect on the insights you
gained from the interviews as well as
any lessons you learned about this particular profession.
--what surprised you or disappointed you and why?
--after completing the interviews, are you still as
interested in pursuing this particular job/career? Why
or why not?
--are there other things you need to do to better prepare
for your job/career (another
course, an internship, more reading)?
Tips on Conducting an Informational Interview
Before the interview, be sure to explain briefly who
you are, what you are
doing, why this person seems like an appropriate source,
and what you
will do with the information this person provides.
• Outline the overall purpose of the interview
and specifically those
questions you need to have answered.
• Record the interview.
• Ask for clarification of a response when necessary.
• Be organized, prompt, courteous, and professional.
• Write a thank you letter to the interviewee
within a week of
your meeting (see next assignment).
forget . . . because you will be reporting on what another
person has said, you will need to separate yourself
from the interviewee. To accomplish this, try using
phrases like "according to Dr. Reed" or "he