In our School-to-Career program, we encourage our students to interview a key person at work. Students tell us that this experience is one of the highlights of their summer experience. Whether you are on an internship or just starting your first job, interviewing a mentor can be a very beneficial exercise.
How do you define success?
What are 3 characteristics you think are necessary for success?
We have found that the answer to these questions lead to the biggest surprises. Students are surprised to learn that rather than mentioning monetary success, mentors often speak about success in terms of their volunteer work in the community or their family life at home.
10 questions that our students have found helpful when interviewing their mentors:
1. How did you decide to work in this field?
2. What or who influenced you in this career direction?
3. Does your work require special training? If so, what kind and how much?
4. Is this your first and only career? If not, what else have you done?
5. How do you define success? What are 3 characteristics you think are necessary for success?
6. Tell me about a career high point and a career low point.
7. Do you have any advice for someone interested in this field?
8. What course of study do you recommend in college?
9. Do you have any professional role models?
10. What changes do you foresee happening in this profession?