Raider Professional Network Frequently Asked Questions


What is an informational interview?

An informational interview is an opportunity for students to gather information that will help them make decisions about their career goals. It is not a job interview. It's a process to tap the expertise of MTSU alumni, employers, and friends about a job, career field, or industry.

How are informational interviews conducted?

They may be conducted by email, phone, or in person if geographically possible. When the student contacts you by the method you indicated in the Raider Professional Network. From there, you and the student will work out how to "meet.";

What is the time commitment?

Students are advised to prepare questions for the Network member and to budget about 20 to 30 minutes or however long you indicate initially.

Does it cost anything?

No, only your time.

What if I can't hire a student?

It is not a job interview. Some of the best advice can be by Network members who do not have hiring authority.

What if I don't live close to campus?

Network members do not have to live in Murfreesboro to provide advice. Email and telephone informational interviews work great!

How will students contact me?

They will contact you by whatever means you indicated in your Raider Professional Network Profile.

What if I need to update my information?

Raider Professional Network is part of the Career Center's online job recruitment system, Lightning JobSource. When you registered, you should have received a username (your email) and a password. If you have forgotten your password, you can use the Forgot Password feature and an auto-generated email will send you another one.

What if a student misses an appointment or acts otherwise unprofessional?

Tell the student they were unprofessional and that would not be tolerated in the workplace. Remember, this is real-world advice. You are not obligated to provide advice to the student.

Who do I contact if I have questions?

This is a collaborative program between the MTSU Office of Alumni Relations and the Career Development Center. Questions may be directed to:

Ginger Freeman, Director
Office of Alumni Relations
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 104
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
freeman@mtsu.edu
615-898-2922

Bill Fletcher, Director
Career Development Center
Middle Tennessee State University
328 KUC, P.O. Box 2
Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37132
bfletch@mtsu.edu
615-898-2501