Mentor guidelines

Download this document of key questions to discuss with your mentee, and review or download the infographic below for a snapshot of how to conduct a meeting.

  1. Be sure that you know how to contact each other (via email, telephone, fax, etc.)

  2. Introduce yourself in person or by phone, or by a brief letter or email within five to seven business days of receipt of your mentee assignment. Arrange a convenient time to speak; suggest and elicit potential topics. Agree on boundaries (practical and ethical), confidentiality, and a no-fault termination. Learn more about what a no-fault termination entails.

  3. Exchange curricula vitae (CV) prior to the first meeting so you already know pertinent professional information.

  4. Set aside about an hour for the first meeting with your mentee. Use this hour to learn about other aspects of your mentee’s life. Share core values, interests, or hobbies.

  5. Discuss your expectations and your needs with your mentee. Devise a meeting schedule and plan to meet at least monthly with your mentee. Work with your mentee on short- and long-term goals for the relationship.