You probably understand the value of working with a mentor, but choosing the right one can be tricky.
That’s why you should approach a potential small business mentor with a strategic set of questions.
1. What inspired you to mentor others?
Not everyone is passionate about mentoring. Find out why your potential mentor wants to share their time and expertise with others. What’s in it for them?
2. What do you wish you’d known at my stage of business?
One of the greatest benefits of having a mentor is to avoid making the same mistakes they did. Their answer to this question will be a valuable learning opportunity for you.
3. What has been your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Discovering how your prospective mentor overcame their biggest challenge can help you gauge their problem-solving skills. If they’ve successfully navigated out of a few tight spots, it suggests they'll be able to help you find solutions to your problems too – especially if they’re the same problems your mentor faced.
4. What is your first impression of me?
This question allows you to test how perceptive your potential mentor is. They may see you as being cautious, a poor communicator, or brimming with positive energy. If their impression of you is spot on, you know they’re intuitive and will provide reliable insight into situations.