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When Slow Networking with someone, what do YOU ask?

May 3, 2010

  Some folks know how to Slow Network to gain an advantage on the inside of one of their target companies, and some don’t.  Once you get time with that individual (over coffee, lunch, or dinner)  do you know what kind of questions to ask?  Here’s a sample of some that I’ve acquired over time:

  • So, What’s your title, and what do you do a typical day?

  • What types of people are in your department?  What types would you like to see more of?  [tweetmemesource=”@Aidan_Foley” only_single=false]
  • Which skills are most important to have? (i.e. – which skills do you look for?)
  • What work-related certifications are looked highly upon in your department?
  • What are the important “key words” or “buzz words” to include in a resume, and/or cover letter when job seeking at this company?
  • Does the typical worker have a set schedule (i.e. – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or are the hours flexible?
  • Do you think this is a rapidly growing field/product/service?  Is it possible to predict future needs for workers in this field?
  • What types of technology would one need to know in order to be a successful contributor in your department?
  • Where might job listings be found for what I do?
  • What do you know now, which would have been helpful to know when you were in my shoes? 
  • Do you have any suggestions for me?
  • Who else should I be talking with in your group that may be able help me get a better picture of your company’s vision?

After your visit, ALWAYS remember to thank them for their time!

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