an interview

Interviewee Selected Assignment (bonus points 2 possible see calendar for due date)
Student Learning Objectives: Students will plan and schedule a formal informational interview with an IT/IS manager and gather information about the IT/IS field. (See IT/IS Informational Interview paper assignment.)

Student Learning Task:
Submit the IT/IS interviewee’s name, title, business organization, and email contact information to lacollen@stcloudstate.edu . The instructor will use this information to send an email thanking the interviewee for participating.

Student Learning Objectives: Students will plan, schedule, and conduct a formal informational interview with business IT/IS managers and gather information about the IT/IS field.

Student Learning Tasks: Students will research and create open-ended questions to be used in a formal informational interview with a business IT/IS manager.
Students will schedule an informational interview and follow business etiquette to conduct, record, and acknowledge the interview.
Students will write up a formal interview document, including interviewee’s name, title, and business organization, interview date and place, topics discussed, questions asked and replies given.
Students will reflect on what they learned from the interviewee. Students will include at least three things learned or interesting points they will consider for future action.
Students will share portions of their interview experience with class members.
Students will submit a paper as a formal interview document to our class D2L_BRIGHTSPACE drop box and to the interviewee if the interviewee requested a copy.

How to conduct an Informational Interview
Informational Interviews
You will be conducting an informational interview to ask about IT/IS field from a professional in the field. Informational interviews are used to expand your professional network. Consider possible IT/IS managers (friends and family can refer or be a resource).
Prepare Ahead of Time
Know the business
go online
go to the source
Review IT/IS Current events
Review course topic areas.
Topics to consider include: (software, telecommunications, SCM, CRM, hardware, security, decision making) there are others.
Review current literature, magazines, news-articles in the IT/IS area.
Create some Open-ended questions
How they came to be in their position
Personal experiences in IT/IS
Their ideas on technology conversions, new technology, applications specific to their field, quality control, and security measures.
There will NOT be enough time to talk about all aspects.
You need to prepare for more topics than there is time allotted.
There will be areas they are not willing or able to discuss.
Request an interview
Call or Write (email is acceptable)
Express that it is an informational interview IT/IS career
Explain that it is a course assignment opportunity
Request time availability (convenient to the IT/IS professional)
If agreeable — Schedule date/time/place
48 hours before the interview
Make contact that you are looking forward to meeting with them at the agreed place and time.
Select appropriate business attire (dress appropriate to the meeting setting/business).
Refine your open-ended questions.
The Interview
Arrive early
Introduce yourself
tell them about yourself;
the degree or the coursework you are completing,
Work experience or your interest and career area(s) of interest.
If you have a business card exchange them at this time.
Thank them for their time.
Ask if you may take notes and/or record the interview.
Begin the informational portion of the interview:
How they came to be in their position
Personal experiences in IT/IS
Their (ideas on technology conversions, new technology, applications specific to their field, quality control and security measures).
There will NOT be enough time to talk about all aspects.
Use your prepared questions or let the conversation evolve at the comfort of the interviewee.
Be aware there may be areas they will NOT discuss in detail
Conclude the interview
Within the agreed upon time interval (unless mutually agreed).
Thank them for their time; acknowledge that they took time/resources to meet with you.
Offer to share your interview write up for their inspection/approval or for information.
Thank them AGAIN.
After the Interview
Send a written thank you note.
Acknowledge that you appreciate that they gave you their time and expertise.
Write up a formal interview document:
Include interviewee’s name, title, and business organization, interview date and place, topics discussed, questions asked and replies given. Summarize sections as appropriate (tour, lunch).
Submit a formal written interview document to our class D2L_BRIGHTSPACE drop box and to the interviewee if they requested a copy.

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