Questions to Ask a Mentor and Tips for a Successful Mentoring Session

Questions to Ask a Mentor

  • What’s the best advice you can give to help plan a career rather than simply work to keep a job?
  • How do you encourage innovative ideas?
  • How would you describe your personal style?
  • Do you have a mentor? How have they influenced you?
  • What do you do to constantly challenge your underlying beliefs and assumptions?
  • Would you do anything differently if given the opportunity?
  • How and where do you find inspiration?
  • How do you keep your feelings separate from your decision-making?
  • What values are you committed to?
  • How do you balance your work and home life?
  • Do you have any books that you would suggest I read?

Tips for a Successful Mentoring Session

  • Prepare and ask relevant questions.
  • Be respectful of your mentor’s time and experience.
  • Ask if you can follow up and exchange contact information.
  • Afterwards, ask yourself what you learned from the meeting and how you can apply your new knowledge.
  • Thank your mentor for their advice with an email or personalized note.
     

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