Thursday, February 22, 2018

30 Career Conversation Starters

Here are some suggested questions to help you have a productive career conversation at a networking event or informational interview. You also might like to review these prompts and consider how you would respond to these questions. This will help you reflect on your goals and set plans for the future!

Identifying Personal Choices and Preferences 

1. What activities are you particularly engaged with right now?
2. Tell me about what you enjoy most in your current role
3. Tell me about the achievements that mean the most to you.
4. Why did you choose this area of work?
5. What is the next major challenge you would like to take up?
6. Choose 5 words that describe how you feel about coming to work. 

Skills and Knowledge

7. What do you think you have done really well over the past few months/year?
8. What skills have you developed and what new knowledge attained in the past few months/year?
9. How would you describe your strengths as a project/team member or manager?
10. What additional skills and knowledge would assist you to meet the expectations of your role?
11. What strategies do you implement to manage those competing priorities of your role?

Influencing Others

12. Have you had any feedback from others on the things you do well or could do better?
13. How do you let others know what you are achieving?
14. How do you promote your need for resources?
15. How do you find out about relationships at your organization that may assist you?

Career Goals

16. Which areas would you like to develop in and why?
17. What goals do you have for your future?
18. What are you doing now or need to do in order to achieve these goals?
19. How can I help you?

Other Questions 

20. What has motivated or inspired you lately?
21. Does what you do feed your passion? Why or why not?
22. Is there anything blocking you from progressing in your role?
23. Who do you admire? Why?
24. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
25. What superpowers do you have? What superpowers would you like to have?
26. If you were CEO of the company, what is the first thing you would do?
27. What hobbies are you engaged with right now?
28. What 3 things that would help you increase your productivity?
29. What you get stuck, what is your process for getting unstuck?
30. What part of the day brings you the most energy and focus?

We hope these questions will help you to establish relationships with your contacts, clarify goals, and even open doors of opportunity. Let us know in the comments: What is the best career question you have ever been asked? 

Adapted by Janine Rowe, Rochester Institute of Technology Office of Career Services and Co-op from Professional Development Starter Questions for Career Conversations, University of South Australia and Career Development Discussion Starters, Association of American Medical Colleges

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