Preparing for the Informational Interview
Begin to prepare for this informational interview by
identifying the professional you plan to interview. Ideally, the
professional should be engaged in a career that you hope to pursue.
(You may want to identify a second candidate in case your initial
choice is unable to complete the interview with you.) This
professional may work in your local area, but that is not
necessary. If you cannot identify a professional easily, ask your
friends and family if they know anyone who works in the field of
psychology. You may also want to phone your local community mental
health center or social services agency to ask for names and
contact information of potential professionals you could interview.
Contact your facilitator for guidance if you have difficulty in
In a 1- to 2-page Microsoft Word document, address the
Provide the following identifying information about the
individual you have selected:
The job title (licensed psychologist, social worker, or case
The level of education (a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral
A description of job responsibilities or day-to-day tasks
The type of license, if applicable
The state of residence and practice
The e-mail address or phone number
Develop a list of at least fifteen questions to ask in your
informational interview. Research possible questions to include
using the Argosy University online library resources and the
Internet. Refer to the Job Resources document to conduct an
Internet search using the search terms “informational interview
questions” in order to find suggested questions. Be sure to put
them into your own words for the purpose of this assignment and to
give credit to your source by using in-text citations and a
reference list in APA format.
Ask the interviewee about his or her work, academic
preparation, and advice. In addition, include the interviewee’s
answers to questions on the following topics:
The experience, skills, and knowledge necessary for success
in a career in psychology or in graduate school
Relevant professional organizations
His or her views on professional ethics and academic
The role of psychological research in his or her work
His or her greatest challenges and rewards
His or her reasons for choosing the field
Develop a script (word-for-word written statement) that you
will use during the warm-up (meet-and-greet) portion of the
interview. What will you say to the interviewee when you meet him
or her? What will you do? For example, will you shake the person’s
hand and introduce yourself? Include small talk of a professional
nature that will serve as an introduction and explanation of the
purpose of the interview. Demonstrate in your script your ability
to interact professionally and effectively in a professional
This assignment is preparatory work for the interview to be
conducted later in this course. Do not conduct the interview for
Write a 1–2-page paper in Microsoft Word format. Apply APA
standards to cite sources.
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