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How I Convert Coffee Chats Into Interviews
At companies like Deloitte, Google, and Microsoft
Hey there 👋 - it's Abbhi
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Today we’ll be discussing how I convert coffee chats into interviews (+ all the do’s and don’ts)
This one’s a 3 minute read.
Let’s dive in.
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8 Steps to Convert Coffee Chats into Interviews
#1: Come Prepared
❌ Don't rely on the other person to keep the conversation going
✅ Do come prepared with specific questions
Steal these questions for your next chat:
Why did you choose [x company]?
What are your favorite parts of the job?
Do you have advice for me if I’m interested in [x role]?
What hard and soft skills are most important in your role?
How did you transition from x role/industry to y role/industry?
“What is something you wish you knew before starting the role?”
Can you walk through a current project and what my role would be?
What are the biggest challenges of your job? How have you approached them?
#2: Be Respectful
❌ Don't ask for a 15 minute call and talk for 30 minutes
✅ Do watch the clock and ask them if they can still chat
This shows you care about their time.
Use this - Hey, I know we’re running short on time, but I had one last question / ask before we finish up”
#3: Structure the Call
❌ Don't suddenly start the call without sharing context
✅ Do introduce yourself and share the purpose for the call
Start with this:
I'd love to start with introductions, learn more about your role, then ask a few specific questions. Does that work for you?
Dive into a 1-2 minute introduction (job, experience, what you’re looking to learn, fun fact etc.,)
And let them do the same. Now dive into your specific questions (that you prepared).
#4: Share Relevant Information
❌ Don't focus on personal details about your life
✅ Do share relevant experiences you've had related to the role
Every conversation is a two-way street. They’ll be subtly assessing if you’re a good fit for their role too.
#5: Offer to Help Them
❌ Don't only focus on yourself in the call
✅ Ask about their goals and see how you can help them
They may not have an answer for you. But the intention to help them will go a long way. But if they’re working on something you think you could help with - chime in.
#6: Show Your Appreciation
❌ Don't hang up the phone after your last question
✅ Do thank them for their time and show your appreciation
#7: Ask for Intros
❌ Don't ask for a job
✅ Do ask if they know anyone else you could speak with
This is THE most slept on tip in networking. Use warm intros to expand your network.
Use this - I really enjoyed speaking with you about [x topic]. I’d love to learn more about [y topic and company]. Do you know anyone else who would be willing to speak with me about it? I’d appreciate an introduction.
#8: Follow up
❌ Don't ignore them
✅ Do send a follow up with details from your conversation
I appreciate you taking the time to meet with me and discuss your role at [x company] today. Our conversation made me even more excited about the role. I enjoyed speaking about [specific topic discussed].
I appreciate you trying to connect me with your contact at [x company]. I look forward to hearing from you and staying in touch.
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