WBL Connectors Informational Interview Checklist
Quick tips for Work-Based Learning Connectors to ensure a successful informational interview.
Before The Informational Interview:
- Identify all interested teachers/faculty and help them plan for the informational interviews.
- Address any relevant school policies that may apply (in the way that field trips may be handled).
- Make sure the employer partners are good matches for the careers students/learners are interested in.
- Prepare teachers/faculty and encourage them to support the informational interviews and reflect them in their classroom activities. Share the Teacher/Faculty Tip Sheet.
- Have teachers/faculty help create learning objectives and work with students/learners to prepare a list of questions to ask in the interview.
- Create and provide appropriate support materials for distribution to employee volunteers who will participate in an interview. Share the Employer Tip Sheet.
- Work with employee volunteers to help them prepare for the interview. Discuss best methods for being real with and engaging students.
- Arrange for student/learner transportation and other logistics.
- Find out if safety gear is required and, if so, arrange for it to be provided.
- Have the student/learner call or email the staff member/company to confirm the details for the informational interview. Ideally, it should take place at the worksite.
During The Informational Interview:
- Be the point person and troubleshooter on Career Day. Be prepared to address technology issues and have a back-up plan in case of speaker cancellations.
- Distribute a schedule of events for the day to all parties.
- Arrange for the employers to be met and escorted to the activity. (This is a great activity for one or two students/learners who have been trained as “school ambassadors.”)
- Distribute and collect feedback surveys.
After The Informational Interview:
- Document the informational interview in ELENA. Review feedback from interviewed employees, students/learners and teachers/faculty and summarize results. Make recommendations for improvements.
- Help students/learners update their career development plan and think about any next steps they would like to take to further their career goals.
- Work with teachers/faculty to connect the informational interview to the classroom.
- Send thank-you notes to employer partners.
- Publicize the informational interviews and the companies that participated by placing a story in the local newspaper or posting on the school website or social media.
- Suggest the students/learners share their experiences on social media and tag the partner businesses.
- Consider other potential public relations benefits and opportunities.
This includes Earn & Learn work-based learning connectors and others who facilitate, arrange and support work-based learning activities for students or other learners.
- Beginning of the school year: Identify interested teachers/faculty and brainstorm companies that could participate.
- Two months in advance: Invite business partners to participate. Find out the best days and time for the employer partners.
- One month in advance: Confirm student/learner participation. Have students/learners research the industry or company.
- One week in advance: Send employers logistics for the day and questions to expect. Have students/learners confirm the interview day and time.
- After The Interview: Send thank-you notes to all hosts and ensure student/learner reflection activities take place.
Tips For Success
- Conduct Effective Planning
- Prepare for Success
- Identify Learning Objectives
- Create Authentic and Engaging Experiences
- Connect to Careers
- Support Student/Learner Growth
- Ensure Activities are Safe and Legal
- Provide Ongoing Support
- Provide for Reflection, Presentation and Feedback
- Connect to the Student/Learner Next Step
- Assess and Document the Experience