Questions to Ask at Networking Events: Part One.

Networking events can be overwhelming and slightly terrifying. You don’t know where to begin, how to introduce yourself, and what to ask. I’ve been there and done that. As someone who understands this issue very well, here are a few questions you can consider asking at future networking events:

  1. What is your typical work day like as a (insert position title here)?
  2. I am highly interested in working in the (insert industry here) but I would like to know what made you interested in working in this industry as well.
  3. What was one of the most difficult situations you have had to handle as a (insert position title here)?
  4. What kind of skills are needed in order to succeed (in this industry / at this job)?
  5. What are some things you wish you would’ve known earlier about your job/industry before you began working?
  6. I read about (insert a summary of what you read in the industry). What do you think about this (insert whether if it is an article, issue, book, etc)? Make sure they know what you are referring to before you ask them what their opinion is.
  7. What is your favorite part about your job? What do you dislike about your job?
  8. How would you evaluate your colleagues? Would you say that they are supportive? Team-oriented? Helpful?
  9. Are there any exams or licensures that are required to work as a (insert job title here)? If so, do you have any tips or advice to pass the exam? This can be good for any industry in general, but in terms of finance or accounting, there might be some requirements like CFA, Series 67, Series 7, CPA, etc.
  10. How many hours do you work on a typical work day?
  11. What is the corporate / company culture like?
  12. In order to advance in this field, what type of degrees or education must I achieve?
  13. Would you say that the management at your firm are supportive? What is your opinion of the management at your firm?
  14. What advice do you have in terms of getting my foot in the door?
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