I've been networking quite a lot, but I struggle with introducing myself and could use your feedback on how to start off the call. I usually start with some small how's your day going type of question and then I start by asking them about their background, have questions ready about their work, and then go into recruiting questions. These sessions are somewhere between 20-30 minutes.
I feel weird by giving a background about myself right away, do I need to do that more? And if so, how? Should I give them my "tell me about yourself" interview answer, or just a 30 second spiel highlighting my school, major, year, extracurriculars, internships, and interests?
With the way I currently handle my calls, professionals are okay with it. But other times, when I ask about their background, I have been asked about myself before they start. For those in the industry, what do you think?
After some reflection, I'm thinking something like this after a small chit-chat:
"Thanks for taking the time to speak with me. I wanted to speak with professionals at ABC in the DEF group and I noticed that you are also a HIG alum. It'd be great to connect and tell you about myself, get to know more about your career path, and experiences at ABC. Does that sound alright?" And then after they say okay, I give my 30 second spiel.
Let me know what you think the best networking calls with students are like. Thanks!