A coffee chat is basically a chill talk with someone you think is cool or want to know better. It's not your usual networking thing; just a relaxed chat where you can ask about their job journey and share what you've been up to. It's a great way to see if a job vibes with your interests and to make a real connection with someone.
During a coffee chat, you can share your career experiences and discuss upcoming goals regarding your job or personal interests. It is also a perfect opportunity to ask for advice or guidance on your career plans. However, do not jump into the chat asking for a job referral. You should use the coffee chat as an opportunity for you to build a long-lasting connection with someone instead of having it be transactional.
We understand that coffee chats can be intimidating, however, by asking customized questions, you can make the conversation go smoothly and get the most out of it. We suggest you personalize your chat by asking specific questions that relate to their experiences! Here are 10 coffee chat questions you can start off the conversation with, but don’t forget to create your own questions as well!
Coffee chats do not have to only be about work. You can choose to get to know the person you are talking to by asking more personal questions about their life. However, be sure not to overstep boundaries or talk about sensitive topics. Here are 5 additional questions you can ask to learn more about the person you are talking to.
Use the tips that we have mentioned above, and you will be ready to ace your next chat!
Katherine is a Marketing and Content Intern at Litespace with a passion for digital marketing and business technology. She is excited to develop her skills in marketing while bringing in her past experiences to contribute to Litespace’s marketing and brand strategy.