There’s no reason you can’t have the time of your life at a networking event. And there’s no reason you can’t make the night of someone else – but there are things you’ve seen ( but hopefully not things you do) that are REALLY awkward.
Awkward Question #1: So what is it exactly you do for work?
If someone asks YOU this question – keep it light. Don’t feel obligated to get technical or to tell them everything that’s on your resume. If you don’t understand what somebody else does for their job after they’ve explained it – don’t force it. They may not like their job, they may work for the mob, or maybe breaking their job into layman’s terms is going take all night. Take the answer you’re given and ask them if they like scary movies.
More awkward questions to come, and how to respond to them! What are some uncomfortable questions you’ve been asked at a networking event?