Dos and Donts When Networking

Networking/Informational Interviews

Don’ts:

  • Do not ask for a job or internship (Ask for advice, information, and referrals)
     
  • Do not spam with multiple e-mails or stalk with multiple phone calls
     
  • Do not act unprofessionally or negatively
     
  • Do not ask your contact to mass distribute your resume
     
  • Do not share alumni or referral contact information with others unless they say it would be alright
     
  • Do not use slang when writing, typing, or speaking. Use complete sentences with proper grammer.

Do’s:

  • Do assess your own interests, skills, knowledge areas and personal attributes before contacting, so you can talk about them
     
  • Do research your contact, their company, and their field
     
  • Do decide what information you would like to obtain before you interview
     
  • Do give a brief introduction about yourself when contacting (you are an SMSU student graduating in _____, how you found their name, why you are writing them)
     
  • Do take notes during the interview
     
  • Do keep the interview to the specified length
     
  • Do send them a thank you within 24 hours
     
  • Do keep your contact’s information for follow-up

Last Modified: 1/18/17 4:49 PM