A networking meeting can be a great way to open your job search to new opportunities. Although a networking meeting isn’t  a formal interview, you should still try to do your best at these sessions. After all, a successful networking meeting can go a long way in leading to personal endorsements and job interviews.

Keep in mind that even in a casual setting, it’s likely your networking contact will be appraising your communications skills, interpersonal style and credentials during an informational interview.

He or she will also be deciding whether you would represent them well if they advance your candidacy or refer you to any of their contacts.

5 Tips for a Successful Networking Meeting