purpose behind networking
• get your foot in the door (faster)
• gain insight about a company, industry, or career path
• practice your interview and networking skills
• find a potential mentor
• show them who you are beyond your resume and cover letter
the informational interview assignment
• contact details (name, company, title, phone, email)
• list of questions asked
• major insights gained – what did you learn during your informational
interview? **This is the most important part, should be 40% of final
• did you request/receive any information regarding additional
• follow up action – What will you do to maintain this connection?
**Screen shot of thank you email (post-meeting) required**
• what are your next steps having conducted this informational
the informational interview assignment
• Due Friday April 14th @ 11:59pm via Turnitin
• Minimum of two pages, single spaced
• In-person and NOT a current UBC student/staff/faculty or family
• Look at potential questions on the course blog
• Look at assignment criteria and grading rubric on the course blog
steps to land an informational interview
1. Find 4 or 5 potential contacts
2. Research them (google, linkedin) and reach out to contacts you
have in common
3. Decide what you want to talk to them about and brainstorm
questions and points of commonality
4. Send out your invites! Don’t be offended if they don’t immediately
informational interview timeline
Week 9 Week 13Week 10 Week 12
• Compose and
send first round
• Compose and
due (Apr 14th
the comm 202 networking event
• SAVE THE DATE (mandatory attendance)
• Thursday, March 9th from 6:00pm-8:00pm @ CPA Hall
• Alumni, senior students, and local professionals convening for an
evening of networking with this semester’s COMM 202 students
• Excellent opportunity to practice and refine your networking skills
and learn more about how to make the most of your time at Sauder!
• Dress in business casual
networking event reflection
• 1) GOALS IN ATTENDING EVENT:
• Your goals in attending the event (what was your purpose in going + define SMART goals beforehand)
• 2) HOW DID YOU PREPARE FOR THE EVENT:
• How you researched the contacts before the event?
• What was it about these people that motivated you wanting to talk to them?
• 3) CONVERSATION SUMMARIES:
• A brief summary of who you spoke with and what you learned in the conversations
• Focus on 3+ conversations
• 4) REFLECTION ON LESSONS LEARNED:
• A reflection on the lessons you have learned about the networking process
• 5) ACTIONS STEPS:
• Next steps you will take to continue building a relationship with your new contact
MINIMUM ONE PAGE, SINGLE SPACED: Due Mar 14th at 11:59pm via Turnitin
course blog for
how to succeed
web to web eye colour comfy shoes
smile!name tag on right
addressing the room
• Look for singles or doubles!
• You want to be memorable - the
less people in your circle the
easier that becomes!
• don’t interrupt – when joining a
networking circle, wait for a lull in
• never have food and a drink, you
need a free hand to shake!
• go with a wingman, but not a
keep it simple
• just simply say hi!
• Hi, my name’s Jaideep.
• Jaideep, it’s good to meet you! My name is Bob.
• show you’re interested in talking to them
• Hi Bob, it’s great to meet you as well. I was actually hoping to chat with you this
evening as I noticed on your LinkedIn profile that you…and I would love to hear more
about your experience.
• start the conversation. ask a question / have them talk about themselves /
• Do you have any advice for students…looking to make the most of their time at
Sauder? …looking for a career in your field?
continuing the conversation
• be careful not to monopolize peoples’ time
• listen for facts, feelings, free information and implied statements
• introduce others, tying them into the conversation
• identify commonalities
• ask open ended questions
the graceful exit
• spend 5 to 10 minutes with one person; wait for a lull
• excuse yourself kindly and assertively:
• “It was nice to meet you”
• “I’m glad you were here today. It’s been great chatting with you. Thanks so
• “I don’t want to monopolize all your time today. Thank you for taking time to
speak with me and I hope you enjoy the rest of the event.”
• shake hands and exchange cards or ask to connect (if the
conversation was meaningful)
I had a great time connecting with you at the Comm 202 networking event. It’s always great to meet
someone who is equally as passionate about entrepreneurship and social impact. I’ll keep in mind the
point you mentioned about starting my entrepreneurship career early!
I would love to continue our conversation about your experience at Bob&Co. I know that you must be
very busy, but would you have some availability next Wednesday afternoon? I’d be happy to meet you
downtown or wherever is convenient.
after great conversations, send a personalized email or LinkedIn request (or
maybe an informational interview request?)
comm 202 networking event pet peeves
• asking questions and not listening to the answer
• asking rapid-fire questions so no one else can speak
• when students only talk about their option choices or career path!
• try connecting over a common interest beyond work and school
comm 202 networking event pro tips
• eat dinner beforehand
• do some research on the delegates, but don’t get consumed in
stalking every LinkedIn profile
• dress classy and comfortably
• have a few interesting questions / topics to chat about ready to go.
how do you want to be remembered?
• when all else fails, find a 202 TA and we’ll help you join a circle
• head to an area that is less packed
• manage your energy – take a breather if you need it
1. Resume & Cover Letter due March 7th @ 2PM on TURNITIN and @
11:59pm on COOL (put resume, CL and job posting in ONE PDF doc)
2. Networking event on March 9th from 6-8pm in CPA Hall
3. Networking Reflection due March 14th @ 11:59PM on Turnitin
4. Next week is lecture with Victoria!
5. Start thinking about who you want to interview for the Informational