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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Getting Government Jobs by Partnership for Public Service

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Plan Your Questions

When networking, it’s important to plan your questions and craft them to make the people you’re networking with feel comfortable and not put on the spot. You don’t want anyone you’re speaking with to feel that the only thing you want to know is whether or not he or she can get you a job. In fact, if you look at all networking opportunities as information-gathering sessions, then you will want to hear all of your interviewee’s advice and suggestions, not just whether or not he or she can land you a job.
Questions should also match the formality of your networking setting. Read your surroundings (or better yet, try to control them by finding a place where you’re comfortable and that is also convenient for the person you’re ...

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