Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker

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Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker

Interviewee: Ms. Ann Parker
Position: Senior Financial Analyst at Scottrade
Contact: 800 619 7283
Date Interview: 7 th of December, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Connection: Employer in residence booth.
When I decided to interview a financial analysis in Lincoln, N.E., United State, I started
by searching financial analysts and stockbrokers in Lincoln because I did not have any person to
interview on mind. My search revealed a number of firms operating in Lincoln but when I called,
only Scottrade was willing to grant me an interview. I was connected to Ms. Parker, a senior
financial analysis with the firm. I did not have contact of other staff but the secretary informed
me that Ms. Parker was willing to grant me a short interview on the day she will propose. We
agreed to have the interview on 7 th of December at 1:30 PM after she returned from lunch. In
addition, she requested I send her the interview questions in advance which I did. On the material
day, I drove to the Lincoln Brach Office located at 4141 Pioneer Woods Dr., Ste 112, and
recorded a 30 minutes interview with Ms. Parker.

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BSAD 222: PrEP II Career Development & Planning
Informational Interview Reflection

You have researched, read about various career options, and narrowed down your occupational interest
areas. Now it is time to talk with professionals in your fields of interest to gain inside perspectives.
An informational interview is like a job interview, but instead of the employer interviewing you, you get to ask
questions of the professional about his/her background, skills, education, and job responsibilities. An
informational interview gives you an inside look at what an average day on the job is like and a chance to ask
questions about the skills, education, and experience necessary to be successful in that occupation. Knowing
this information helps you determine if that career is a good fit for you. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
This step is important and one that should not be skipped. To determine if an occupation is the right one for
you, it is essential not to rely singularly on what you have read in books or online, seen on TV, and heard from
others who are not in the profession. Reality, in some instances, may be a stark contrast.
In addition to providing the opportunity to further research potential careers, informational interviews are also a
chance for you to intentionally expand your professional network. For those of you who are already certain that
this is the career you plan to pursue, think of your informational interview as an opportunity to meet someone
new – whether that is someone at a company you are interested in, someone from a region you want to live in,
or someone who has a similar background to you. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
Assignment
You will complete an informational interview in-person, over the phone, or via Skype with a professional from a
field in which you are interested and upload a 2-3 page critical reflection paper to Canvas discussing what you
learned and how the career relates to or differs from your interests, skills, and values. Think critically about how
this career may or may not fit you. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
*Any other method of communication for the informational interview must be pre-approved by your instructor.
*You may NOT interview a professor, parent, immediate family member, or current student (at UNL or
elsewhere) for this assignment. This assignment is to help you expand your network.
Plan ahead. Professionals are very busy and may not be able to accommodate last-minute requests. Ask your
instructor or career coach if you need help identifying a professional to contact.
Formatting requirements:
• Typed and uploaded as either a Word (.doc, .docx) document – Papers written and submitted in a
word processor not compatible with Microsoft cannot be accepted.
• 1-inch margins
• Page requirements are full pages. For example, the page requirement is a minimum of 2 pages, that
means 2 full pages, not a 1 1⁄2 pages. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
• 12 point, Times New Roman font
• Double-spaced
• Header with name, student ID, and date – Single-spaced
Basic Information – Required: After the header of your paper, please provide the following information before
beginning your critical reflection.
• Name of person interviewed
• Position and Employer/Company of person interviewed
• Contact information for the person interviewed (phone and/or email address)
• Date Interviewed
• How you connected with the person you interviewed (Employer in Residence booth, family friend, etc.)
Critical Reflection: Address the following questions in the main body of your Informational Interview reflection. If
you wish to add information, feel free to do so. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

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• How did you find this person to interview? Why did you choose them?
• Summarize the person’s job responsibilities.
• How do your interests/skills/values/strengths compare to the person who you interviewed?
• How do your interests/skills/values/strengths contrast to the person who you interviewed?
• Explain one thing you learned that surprised you. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
• If you participated in an on-site opportunity, describe the environment. What did you like about the
environment? What did you not like about the environment?
• After the interview, are you still considering this as a potential career? Why or why not?
• Where do you plan on going from here? (ex: Evaluate other options, secure an internship, etc.)
Grading
The informational interview reflection paper will be graded on the following criteria:

3 – Below Expectations 4 – Meets Expectations 5 – Exceeds Expectations

Basic Information Professional’s name, title,
company, date interviewed,
contact information, or how
you found them not included. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

1-2 missing pieces of
information about
professional interviewed
(name, title, company, date
interviewed, contact
information, or how you found
them)

Professional’s name, title,
company, date interviewed,
contact information, and how
you found them included. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

Content/Reflection Content is underdeveloped,
personal reflection content is
devoid of critical thinking and
research.

Some content could use a
little more development or
critical thinking; personal
reflection is mostly thought
out and described.

All content fully explained;
personal reflection is critically
thought out and described.

Structure Paper is not the minimum
length (2 full pages) and/or is
not appealing; format
requirements not followed (1
inch margins, Times New

Roman, 12 pt font, double-
spaced, header single

spaced) ; problematic
introduction or conclusion;
confusing or grossly
inappropriate organization;
many missing or awkward
transitions; fails to follow the
assignment’s directions.

Paper meets the page limit (2

full pages minimum), double-
spaced and follows

formatting requirements;
introduction or conclusion
unconnected or unequal in
impact; organization bumpy;
few awkward transitions;
partially fails to follow the
assignment’s directions.

Paper meets the page limit (2
full pages minimum) and
follows formatting instructions;
engaging introduction and
impactful conclusion that
work together; clear,
appropriate organization;
smooth transitions; follows the
assignment’s directions. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

Editing/Language Many editing mistakes in final
drafts; much editing needed.
Language is often unclear or
confusing; little evidence of
conscious writing; descriptions
are mostly telling rather than
showing; lack of vivid,
concrete images or details;
voice is inappropriate for
writing situation. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

A few editing mistakes in final
drafts; could use a little closer
editing. Language has a few
awkward or unclear
moments; writing sometimes
conscious, but not always;
descriptions have some
moments of telling rather than
showing; some vivid,
concrete images and details;
voice contains few moments
of inconsistency; voice mostly
appropriate for writing
situation.

Very few editing mistakes in
final drafts; shows evidence of
close editing. Language
carefully chosen, conscious
writing obvious; description
shows instead of tells;
sophisticated use of vivid,
concrete images and details;
voice smooth and clearly
defined; voice appropriate
for writing situation.

*Rubric adapted from Dr. Tamy Burnett, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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BSAD 222: PrEP II Career Development and Planning
Informational Interview Reflection – Guide
Steps to Completing an Informational Interview

1. Establishing Your Network
The first step is to identify individuals in the fields you are interested in and prepare to contact them to discuss
conducting an informational interview. There are several ways to accomplish this task, but you may have more
success contacting individuals and companies you have a connection with as opposed to someone with
whom you have no connection. Whether you recognize it or not, you already have connections you can utilize
in this process either to interview or to help you find a professional with whom to connect, including:
• Family, friends and relatives
• Professors, career coaches, advisors and previous employers
• Employers at networking events, career fairs, or other academic presentations
• Alumni through the Nebraska Alumni Association’s and CBA’s LinkedIn groups
• Professional associations and student organizations
• Other peers’ networks
It is sometimes difficult to recognize the connections you may already have; don’t underestimate the extent of
your personal network. You have made important connections through involvement in clubs, and other
activities. Your peers may have a relative or friend with which they could connect you.
As you connect with your personal and professional network, it is important to make a list of people you would
like to contact for an informational interview. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
Contact 1
Company/Organization: _________________________________________________
Contact Person/Department: _______________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
Phone/E-Mail:____________________________________________________________
Contact 2
Company/Organization: ____________________________________________________
Contact Person/Department: _________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
Phone/E-Mail:____________________________________________________________
Contact 3
Company/Organization: ____________________________________________________
Contact Person/Department: _________________________________________________
Address: ________________________________________________________________
Phone/E-Mail:____________________________________________________________
2. Making Connections
The next step is to make initial contact with the person you are hoping to interview. This can be done via phone
or e-mail. For many students, this can be the most intimidating part of the process. You may be uncomfortable
contacting someone you have never met. All of the professionals you are contacting have been where you
are now, and many are excited to pass on their knowledge and experience to students. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
Before you make contact, plan what you want to say. You want to introduce yourself, identify the reason you
are contacting the individual, and inquire as to whether they would be open to scheduling a time for an
informational interview. Take notes on the basic points you want to cover and practice what you are going to
say if making contact via phone. Always be formal, polite, and respectful. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

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Not everyone you contact will be willing to accommodate your request. It may take several attempts to find
someone who is able to provide an informational interview. Do not get discouraged if professionals are not
getting back to you or are unwilling to support your request, and do not take it personally.
Sample Scripts
These sample scripts are guides for developing your own that meet your specific needs. When calling on the
phone, have a calendar, pen and paper handy to schedule a time and write down necessary information,
including when and where to meet your host, and type of dress that is appropriate.
Sample Telephone Script
Student: Hello, may I speak to Mr. McNeil?
Receptionist: May I ask who is calling?
Student: My name is Ryan Baldwin and I am a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Receptionist: Please hold. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
Contact Person: Hello, this is John McNeil.
Student: Hello Mr. McNeil, my name is Ryan Baldwin and I am a student at the University of
Nebraska-Lincoln. I’m currently pursuing my degree in finance and am exploring career
opportunities in the field of investment banking. My professor, Dr. Jones, gave me your
name as a potential contact. I wanted to ask if I can complete an informational
interview with you to learn about your career. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

Contact Person: Yes, that would be fine. Let’s set up a day and time for the interview.
Student: Thank you.
Sample E-mail Script
Dear Ms. Smith:
My name is Alicia Zimmerman and I am a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I am pursuing a
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in marketing, and am currently exploring career
opportunities in the publishing field. As part of my exploration, I am looking to complete an informational
interview to learn more about this career and determine if it is the right fit for me.
I found your name on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Alumni Association LinkedIn group and am interested
in the work you are doing at R and R Publishing Company. Would you be willing to speak with me in person,
over the phone, or via email about your job and career path? I am looking to complete an informational
interview in the next three weeks. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
Sincerely,
Alicia Zimmerman
Alicia.Zimmerman@unl.edu
(402) 444-4444
3. Preparing for the Experience
After you have found an individual willing to speak with you, you will want to prepare for the opportunity. It is
important to develop questions that will help you to make an informed decision as to whether the occupation
you are researching is one that is right for you. Refer to the sample questions below to get you started, but
make sure to develop additional questions tailored to your interests. Remember to write your questions down
and take them with you the day of your experience. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

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Sample Questions
1. Tell me how you got started in this field. What made you choose this field?
2. Did you ever question if this career was a good fit for you?
3. What training or education is required for this type of work? What educational backgrounds or related
experience might be helpful in entering this field? What is your educational background?
4. What is a typical day like?
5. What part of this job do you find most satisfying and rewarding? Most challenging?
6. From your perspective, what are the problems you see working in this field?
7. What personal qualities or abilities are important to being successful in this job?
8. What future trends in the next three to five years do you see as having an effect on this field?
9. What professional associations do you belong to? Which professional journals do you consult?
10. What entry level jobs are best for learning as much as possible?
11. What opportunities for advancement are there in this field?
12. Is there a demand for people in this occupation? Is turnover high? How does one move from position to
position? Do people normally move to another division/agency?
13. What are the salary ranges for various levels in this field? What does an entry level person typically start
at?
14. What obligation does your work put on you outside the work week? How much flexibility do you have in
terms of dress, work hours, vacations?
15. What types of training do companies offer persons entering this field?
16. What advice would you give to someone looking to work in this field?
17. How well-suited is my background for this field? When the time comes, how would I go about finding a
job in this field? What experience, paid or volunteer, would you recommend?
18. Is there anyone you recommend I speak to in order to get further information on the field? May I use
your name as a referral source when I contact them?
4. Completing the Experience
For on-site informational interviews, review the following tips prior to the experience:
• Dress appropriately. It is not necessary to wear an interview suit, but it is strongly recommended that you
dress professionally. It is a good idea to ask your host about appropriate attire for the experience.
• Get directions to the site before your experience. If possible, take a dry run the day before to ensure
that you know where you are going and that your directions are accurate.
• Try to arrive about ten minutes before your scheduled appointment. If you arrive early, do not go in until
a few minutes prior to your appointment. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
• Greet everyone with a smile and a firm handshake.
• Have your questions ready and be prepared to discuss your background and interests. Informational
interviews are two-way conversations. The professionals are interested in getting to know you as well.
During the conversation, feel free to ask follow-up questions. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
• When finished, thank your host for his/her time and ask if you can contact him/her in the future if you
have additional questions. Also, you may consider asking if there are other individuals they would
recommend you contact to learn more about the profession.
For phone interviews, review the following tips to help you prepare:
• Contact the person at the scheduled time. It is best if you contact them, especially if the phone call is
long distance. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
• Try to use a regular phone line instead of a cell phone, as you are more likely to experience static or get
disconnected on a cell phone.
• Make sure you are in a quiet location. Put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on your door to avoid interruptions
and let your roommate(s) know you have an informational interview scheduled.
• Have your questions in front of you and something with which to write.
• Have a glass of water handy.
• Be prepared to talk about yourself in addition to learning about the individual you are interviewing. They
will want to know about your background and interests. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.

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• Listen closely to what they are saying and to their responses to your questions. Feel free to take notes
and ask follow-up questions if you are unclear about anything or think of new questions during the
conversation. Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker.
• When finished with the conversation, thank the professional for his/her time and ask if you can contact
him/her again in the future if you have any further questions. You can also ask if there are other
individuals they would recommend you contact to learn more about the profession.

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Reflection on an Interview with Ms. Parker

Interviewee: Ms. Ann Parker
Position: Senior Financial Analyst at Scottrade
Contact: 800 619 7283
Date Interview: 7 th of December, 2017 at 1:30 PM
Connection: Employer in residence booth.
When I decided to interview a financial analysis in Lincoln, N.E., United State, I started
by searching financial analysts and stockbrokers in Lincoln because I did not have any person to
interview on mind. My search revealed a number of firms operating in Lincoln but when I called,
only Scottrade was willing to grant me an interview. I was connected to Ms. Parker, a senior
financial analysis with the firm. I did not have contact of other staff but the secretary informed
me that Ms. Parker was willing to grant me a short interview on the day she will propose. We
agreed to have the interview on 7 th of December at 1:30 PM after she returned from lunch. In
addition, she requested I send her the interview questions in advance which I did. On the material
day, I drove to the Lincoln Brach Office located at 4141 Pioneer Woods Dr., Ste 112, and
recorded a 30 minutes interview with Ms. Parker…..

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