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I’m basically bullshitting an entire interview and I really don’t want to write the 8 pages of it. Not sure If you can do it. I’m hoping that you can do this, but it is for a Business Law class. The essay needs to be 8-10 pages of an interview that requires both a legal and in depth view of his business. 

Cole Erny 4/17/2021 Bettencourt

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Informational Interview For my informational interview, I interviewed Abel Peter, a CPA certified accountant. He

was a long time family friend who showed me the inner workings of his field. We have known Peter for years, and before COVID-19 I was even able to go to his office to see his job on a day to day basis. As a business marketing major, I strive to attain his current status. Even though my major was marketing, he also studied marketing with a focus in accounting. He agreed to do the interview when time allowed, and we did a live session on zoom as opposed to a phone call.

When asking him about his path to being a CPA, I learned that he gained his marketing degree with a focus in accounting, and later went back to school to study for his accounting degree. He spent a total of 6 years at UC Berkeley to gain two degrees. Mr. Peter made me question my own major, and whether I should switch to accounting myself. When I asked Mr. Peter about the prospect of me switching my major, he told me that he himself wasn’t entirely sure what he wanted to do either. This made me much more assured, hearing from a successful man that he also wasn’t entirely sure what he wanted to do when he was in college. I then moved more into his business, and asked him the steps that he took in order to gain his CPA. Mr. Peter told me about not one, but two tests. The Uniform CPA Exam and the Professional Ethics exam for CPAs were required for him to gain this license. He also told me about the year of experience he needed under his mentor, John Gray. Mr. Peter completely understood the requirement, noting that he gained extremely valuable experience during this time. Furthermore, he concluded my question by saying he never would have learned some of the things his mentor taught him in school.

The next question I asked Mr. Peter was about the services his company provides to the market. He told me that one of the most important services is the advice and recommendations he gives to people who use his services. He can mostly predict markets, allowing him to give recommendations to his clients on what moves to make in the business market. He also provides services to see if a company will break even depending on changes they make in their business strategy. Mr. Peter also said that he had been used by future business owners to see if a business idea is profitable and attainable


1. First, please read the section in the Syllabus concerning this project.

2. There is no particular stylebook required for this paper. Of course, always use good grammar, spell correctly and, if you do cite a source outside of the interview, please indicate in an intelligible cite (again, no particular stylebook need be followed) to the reader, so he is able to locate the source you cite.

3. Usually, the most common question students have about the project is: What kind of Format do you want? Let’s try to make this simple. There will be basically only two ways to write the paper:

· The first way to format the paper would be to just write a seamless narrative with an Introduction, Body, and Conclusion. That is, after the interview, assimilate and digest all your notes, the questions you asked, and answers you received into a story.

· The second way to format the paper is where the student sets-out questions asked, or, some other logical organizing category. With this second kind of formatting, there is still an Introduction, Body, and a Conclusion, as with the first type of format.

Remember: the whole point of this project is to finally to make this valuable information your own. That is, we don’t want a transcript. The reader wants to see if you have digested and assimilated the answers from the interview thoroughly enough so that you can paraphrase – put into your own words – what the interview told you. Quotations that really stand out, sure, why not; but, predominately, show the reader that you have run all this wisdom you have gained through your own head.

Another important point about this second format where the questions are set-out explicitly and then the answer, paraphrased: if you do it this way, for each question/answer set-out, before you move on to the next, it is critical that you give some analysis/commentary/meditation, etc., on what you learned from that particular answer. For example, can you show the reader that you are making a logical connection between what was answered and something else that was said by the interviewee elsewhere in the interview; or, is there some connection between the answer and what you’ve learned in any of your classes taken at Chico State; or, what about any connection with your life experience? If nothing else, perhaps the answer that the interviewee gave was not quite correct, and why not!? This would certainly show the reader you are not just taking face value what was said to you, but that you are doing research on the information provided and comparing/contrasting it with what you’ve learned in class and life, or, your own view of the matter.

4. Think hard about who you would like to interview. Family and friends sometimes can help with introductions. If not, no sweat – start making the contact yourself. Be persistent, kind and polite. Part of this assignment is trying to learn how to get to people who have the wisdom to share with you and the authority to make decisions. Don’t take it personally if you are not able to get ‘Fish A’ on the hook…people are busy. Note, however, even if you wind-up interviewing ‘Fish B’ for the class, maybe ‘Fish A’ will go for an interview next year! In other words, you won’t be able to use the interview for this class, but so what? Next year when you finally do the interview you will have made the contact and learned all that great stuff. All this is to say: you can (and really should) use this informational interview tool throughout your career.

5. Note, that some students may already have a career in mind; others not. I know I didn’t know. Either way, informational interviews are very helpful (for example, just learning that you definitely do NOT want to go into a particular field will have saved you a lot of time, money, and struggle).

6. Please hand-in to the instructor some beginning legal (approximately 10 questions) and some beginning business questions (approximately 10 questions) that you think will be relevant and engaging for the interviewee. And, on the same page, please let the instructor know who you are going to interview. IT TAKES TIME TO SECURE A GOOD INTERVIEW, PLEASE GET STARTED RIGHT AWAY.

7. Between now and the time of your interview, the key is to REFINE, REFINE, REFINE your questions!! The instructor is here to help if you seek him out in office hours. The essence of this project, though, is the gradual development in the student’s own mind of the formulating question, as he/she tries to make conscious to himself/herself: ‘What exactly do I want to learn here? And, why? Accordingly with my own aspirations in life, how can this person (the interviewee) help me to understand what I want or need to know? And, as to the questions I pose to the interviewee: Are they relevant to her/her job description? Will they likely know how to answer the question? Does it have anything to do with what they do for a living, or where their interests lie?’

8. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH THE INTERVIEWEE AND HIS/HER ORGANIZATION. This is vitally important: You cannot possibly know how to construct relevant and engaging questions for the interviewee, if you do not know a great deal about them and their organizations!

9. And, after the interview, during the time you are digesting all the valuable information you obtained by way of the interview….RESEARCH, RESEARCH, AND RESEARCH some more, the answers given you, before you finally write-up your paper.

10. There will be a lot more questions. Come and see me. That is why I’m here.


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