Top 5 Informational Interview Questions

Umesh Singh
3 min readApr 25, 2021


Before moving out to the further details, let us tell you one thing more clearly than informational interview questions don’t need to be only for your job interview. These questions can be asked to you anywhere especially when you are meeting someone for your career advice, or someone whose job you admire the most.

These questions are usually asked in most of the interviews to figure out your professionalism and help the hiring manager to select the right candidate for their organization.

Most Frequently Asked Informational Interview Questions

1. What’s the biggest challenge for your job?

The reason behind asking this is not to know about the problems you faced. It is more about knowing the way you cater to them. Whether these challenges excite you to kick you or they sound horrible to you?

It would be great if you can share some live examples here.

2. What do you wish someone would have told you before you started this career?

If you are happy with the career line you opt for yourself then your answer should simply be like — “I wish someone would have told about this so earlier, so that I have achieved more by this time here”

If you are not happy or satisfied with the work you are doing, do not mention that you are not happy or you have chosen the wrong profile. The best answer here can be — “I wish someone would have told me some other available courses so that I can get more visibility in opting for my career but no worries I am planning to have some more relevant courses.”

3. Why did you choose this career?

The reason behind asking this question is to know about your passion and skills towards the career. Do not start talking about yourself and your interest here. Keep the conversation professional.

4. What would surprise people about your daily work?

The hiring manager is expecting to have savvy candidates for their organization/project, they want to judge your knowledge level. They also want to know the secret knowledge behind the work as it depends on the individual’s mindset. They asked this question for herself as well, with the assumption that they might get to know some interesting things here. So make sure you are not disappointing your hiring manager, you are going to answer this question with the best thing that you love about your work. Whether you are not sure if this is something that’s going to surprise other people, do share it.

5. If you could go back in time, what would you do differently?

No one is going to judge you on this. This is simply a question to know more about yourself, your hobbies, etc. Be honest, and share your likes and dislikes here, and try to maintain a healthy relationship with your hiring manager.

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Umesh Singh

Full Stack Developer from India having 9+ years of experience

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