Going into an information interview, you should be prepared to answer certain questions posed by the interviewer who is trying to learn more about your field of specialty. One of these questions might be: “What parts of the country offer the best opportunities in this field”
It is possible that someone asking this question is not currently in college, so knowing the best parts of the country for their field interest can help them make a decision as to where to go to school. This is a question often asked by someone who is flexible in terms of moving, so an informed answer might convince someone that they need to move in order to truly pursue their passion.
Points to Emphasize
There are certain key things to emphasize in your response to this inquiry.
- Do plenty of research beforehand in order to give an informed response
- Be as truthful as you can
- Suggest moving if the best opportunities are somewhere else
- Recommend someone else they should talk to who is in the part of the country you are suggesting
If you believe that someone would really need to go somewhere else in order to excel in this field, then give your opinion on that issue.
Mistakes You Should Avoid
Be cautious with your response so that you do not send someone down the wrong path.
- Don’t give an answer without also considering future growth in the field
- Be careful of giving a misinformed response
- Don’t say, “I don’t know”
- Avoid giving a specific location if it doesn’t really matter
Although someone might be willing to move if it would help their career, it is still a big life change to make. You should avoid sending them somewhere if they could easily get the same opportunities someplace closer.
When giving your response, frame it like this:
Honestly, this state has some of the best opportunities you will find in this field. I can put you in touch with some of my colleagues from other states if you are really interested in moving, but at the end of the day, the same opportunities somewhere else can be found right here.
As a professional in your field, someone asking you about the industry will take your advice seriously. If you believe the best opportunities lie somewhere else, then definitely tell the interviewer. They will be extremely glad that you took the time to speak with them and offered some genuinely helpful advice. You never know if someone interviewing you today will become one of your associates in the future.