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List of Sample Question for Video Interview and Sample Recruitment/Introduction Email or Phone Inquiry

List of Sample Questions to Assist You with Your Interview

General

  • What employability or soft skills are increasingly important for the IT professional?
  • What skills do you use the most in your daily job (i.e. appropriate tailoring of email messages, the ability to work in a group, making presentations, knowing what type of questions to ask at a meeting, etc.)?
  • What kinds of courses you took while in high school and/or college were especially helpful in developing your employability or soft skills?
  • What are trends that high school and college students can pay attention to so that they can course-correct to increase the chances of securing employment upon graduation, or if they are articulating to a four-year institution and can change their educational pathway?
  • What makes a graduate stand out as a job candidate during the application process (including what’s included in a resume, interview, and follow-up?) And, does your company check online to see if the candidate has a linked-in, Facebook, MySpace account, etc.?
  • What are the best ways to network while still in high school/college that will help me increase my future employability?

Current job

  • What is your current position?
  • Can you describe a day in your current job?
  • What are three things you like best about your current position?
  • Who are your peers in your current position?
  • What attracted you to working in this industry?
  • What opportunities have you been afforded because you work in IT, as opposed to another industry?
  • What is the your industry looking for in terms of choices high school and college students can make now to help them enter the IT profession?
  • Where are some cool developments in IT and in your industry that we can expect to see in the next five years and what can students do to prepare for these developments?

Higher Education and Post-Graduation or Post-Current Job

  • What was your college experience like, either currently or in the past?
  • What classes did you find the most helpful?
  • Once you graduated, how easy or hard was it to find a job?
  • If you are returning to college to get your degree, even though you are currently employed in IT, what prompted this decision?
  • What most surprised you once you began your job?
  • What was the coolest thing you discovered once you were hired and had some time to settle into your job?

High School

  • When did you first become interested in IT?
  • Did you consider a career in IT in high school?
  • What classes did you enjoy in high school and how did the classes help you?
  • What classes in high school do you wish you had taken, but did not?
  • What are things you would advise students to pay attention to in high school that might help them later on down the road if they choose a career in IT?
  • Students sometimes think that IT is all about doing well in math or science?  Is this true? How important is it to do well in math and science if you don’t think you are especially gifted in these areas?

Sample Request for Interview Email or Phone Call

Hello: I’d like to introduce myself.  My name is <insert name>, and I’m a student at <insert college name>.  (You can personalize this part to indicate educational or work related activities that the professional could relate to.) I am currently enrolled in <name of information or computing technology program> and am very interested in finding out more about you and what you do in your position.

I am entering a video competition, “The Day in the Life of an Information Technology Professional”,  sponsored by Washington State’s Center of Excellence for Information and Computing Technology.

I would really appreciate taking approximately an hour of your time to record an interview asking you questions like:

  • What skills do you use the most in your daily job (i.e. appropriate tailoring of email messages, the ability to work in a group, making presentations, knowing what type of questions to ask at a meeting, etc.)?
  • What kinds of courses you took while in high school and/or college were especially helpful in developing your employability or soft skills?
  • What are three things you like best about your current position?

I would send you a list of possible questions, and I could come to your place of work, or anywhere you would like to meet.  I’m cc’ing my faculty advisor, <insert instructor’s name>, as she/he is aware of this project and is supportive of it.

Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

<Insert name and relevant contact information>

Note: You can use the basic script above if you are reaching your industry professional by phone.

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