Job Shadowing Questions Choose from these questions to learn from the person(s) you are job shadowing. This will help you start a conversation and generate a more complete picture of the career path(s) you are considering. Organize your questions in PRIORITY ORDER. Ask more sensitive questions after you have established rapport and built trust. A. Information about the Company and the Person 1. What are your responsibilities as ? 2. What are the five most common tasks you perform on the job? 3. What do you like best about your work? 4. What do you like least about your work? 5. How did you become interested in your field? 6. How did you get started and develop your career? 7. What type of education and training is needed to get into the field? About how much does this education/training cost? 8. What kind of equipment, (software, machinery…) do you have/use? 9. What do you hope to accomplish in your position? What is your ultimate career goal? 10. Who are your customers? 11. What is exciting about your position? 12. On what kind of projects are you currently working? 13. How long have you been with the company/in this position? 14. How do you promote your product or service? C. Information on Present/Future Problems, Trends, Implications 1. What changes do you see happening in this industry in the next 5-‐10 years? 2. What trends do you see emerging? 3. In what areas do you see expansion of this field or industry? 4. What types of companies have been successful in this field/industry? What makes them successful? 5. What kinds of problems have you seen other companies face in the field? 6. What problems do you see the field/profession encountering in the future? 7. What are the roles that (government, associations, etc.) play in dealing with these problems? D. Advice Questions 1. What salary range could I expect for any entry level position? After 5-‐10 years of experience? 2. What growth opportunities or upward job movement could I expect with experience in this field/position? 3. What obstacles might I anticipate and how could I overcome them? 1
4. At what type of companies should I be looking? What are the names of some of those companies? 5. Would you suggest any courses or programs that would further help me develop my career? E. Fitting In 1. Would the work involve in terms of lifestyle, such as frequent travel or late-‐night business entertaining? 2. Considering all the people you've met in your line of work, what personal attributes are essential for success? 3. Taking into account my skills, education and experience, what other career paths would you suggest I explore before making a final decision? 4. In your field, what are the qualities that make people successful? F. Extending Your Network: Ask these questions 1. What professional journals and organizations should I be aware of? 2. Who else would you recommend I speak with? When I call, may I use your name?