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Conducting an Interview


Date and Time of Interview:



  1. Contact a professional in your chosen occupational interest area and be specific about your intentions. Let the professional know that you are a student seeking more information about the occupation for a class assignment.

  2. Establish a time and date for the shadowing experience to take place. Suggest to the person that, if possible, you would appreciate a tour of the work environment and the opportunity to meet other individuals who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the organization.

  3. Dress appropriately.

  4. Be sure to get approval for asking questions and taking notes or pictures while you are shadowing. This will enable you to gain more insight and allow you to present the experience to a partner in class. You may want to ask the professional to set aside 20 to 30 minutes for the informal interview process.


Possible Interview Questions

  • Why did you choose this occupation?

  • What type of high school classes did you take to prepare you for this occupation?

  • What type of training and education is needed for this job?

  • What skills do you use often or feel are important in this occupation?

  • How did you find employment?

  • Did you observe a demand for your occupation?

  • How would you describe a typical day?

  • What do you like least about your occupation?

  • What do you like most about your occupation?

  • How do salaries in this field compare with other fields?

  • What suggestion do you have for anyone interested in this type of occupation?


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