Mentoring Tips for Mentees: How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With Your Mentor?


You can make a first impression only once! We know you are excited to meet your mentor for the first time! 

We have created a short checklist to help you prepare for your first meeting. 

  • Try to collect information prior to the meeting
  • If possible, meet in person for the first meeting
  • Take time to get to know each other
  • Define your roles, goals, and expectations
  • Sign off on your mentoring agreement
  • Determine the logistics
  • Work on a development plan
  • Discuss how you will give and receive feedback
  • Discuss development activities and how you will measure success
  • Discuss career development objectives
  • Make an action plan

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting With Your Mentor

Getting Ready

  • Sum up your working history
  • Write a mentoring objective statement
  • Check out SWOT or GROW models to frame your development journey

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Questions To Simmer On

  • What are your professional/personal goals and objectives?
  • What kind of challenges are you facing that you would like to challenge with your mentor?
  • What are the three things you would like to achieve through the mentoring program? Rank them in order of importance.
  • What are the three things you would like your mentor to provide?
  • Which skills do you desire to develop in the next 6 months?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? How do you see yourself growing (personally/professionally)
  • What are your priorities?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • What makes you unique?
  • What do you expect from yourself and your mentor on this journey?
  • Keep asking yourself “does this help me achieve what I want to be?"
  • How open are you to improve? How willing are you to step out of your comfort zone?
  • How open are you to receive feedback? How comfortable do you feel about giving feedback? In what situations do you find it difficult or defensive?
  • What will you do when you face a challenge, an obstacle, or unwittingly resist change? How will you motivate yourself?
  • What are the internal resources that you can take advantage of?
  • What do you need to do to be prepared and stay on track when you have difficulties?

We hope this checklist was useful for you! 

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