Networking Conversation Starters

Networking Questions

Much of the value you gain from networking situations, such as a career networking event, comes from the conversations you have with the presenters and other participants. The below questions can help you begin a conversation when you are trying to network.

  • What aspects of your work do you find most exciting/engaging?
  • Can you describe a typical day at your job?
  • What key skills are needed to be successful in your position?
  • How did you get your job?
  • How long have you been working in your field – did you study it as an undergraduate or a graduate student?
  • If you have a graduate degree, what role has that degree played in your career success?
  • What qualities does your department/organization seek in an employee?
  • What developments or news in your organization will impact the type of work opportunities your organization has available?
  • What are some of the specific career opportunities at your organization for a person with my degree/background?
  • How do you prefer people to approach your organization about job opportunities?
  • Is there someone else you would recommend I speak with about positions at your organization?

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