10 Questions You Should Be Asking While Networking12 January 2016
Starting the job hunt towards the end of your college career can be a fun but daunting task. You have completed your degree and feel prepared to take on your first job, but where do you start when it comes to finding that job? How do you make yourself stand out among hundreds of other graduates? One solution that has proven to be worthwhile is to get yourself physically in front of the right people, otherwise known as “networking”. Networking is one of the greatest tools you can utilize when job hunting in the 21st century. To help you get a start on your prep for networking we compiled a list of ten questions you should be asking experienced professionals when you network with them. (Note, these questions are listed in no particular order.)
- What is your typical workday like? Understanding what a professional does on a day-to-day basis can help you understand if their position is one you are interested in or not, and can also give you information about how the company works.
- What is one of the biggest challenges you face in your current position? Give yourself a chance to gain insight into what your future career could be like and what challenges may lie ahead for you.
- I know you attended “university/college” and majored in “discipline”, what made you want to go to school for that? Understanding why they went to school for a certain major can help you understand how their degree was transferrable across different fields, which can also give you a new perspective on your degree as well.
- How did you get your first job? A little insight into how a professional snagged their first job could give you insight into how you can find your first job.
- When hiring, what qualifications do you look for in a potential candidate? This question is great for providing ideas on what to add to your resume or what experience you should be seeking.
- With the experience I have so far, what type of positions do you believe I qualify for? Use the professional as a tool for success by asking questions that can help you on your job hunt by eliminating jobs that you wouldn’t qualify for.
- What companies would be interested in hiring someone with my background? This is a gateway question to finding out what companies you should start networking and applying for jobs at.
- Are there any courses or workshops you suggest I take? Help yourself choose classes that will closer fit what you will be doing after you graduate.
- How would you describe the culture in your workplace? It’s important to understand the ins and outs of how the office works. Asking this question will help you determine if the atmosphere is one you want to spend a majority of your career in.
- Do you have any suggestions of other professionals I should speak with? Many professionals are happy to recommend fellow colleagues or other professionals they have networked with to help you on your journey.
These questions are here for you to get a start on your networking journey, but keep in mind each professional you interview has followed a different journey to get to where they are. Be sure to do your research and understand their background before your meeting so you aren’t wasting time by asking questions you can find the answers to yourself. Instead you can be gathering background information and spending the face-to-face time asking deeper and more helpful questions. To learn more about networking and how to get started on your job hunt visit PPC’s career services today!