There is plenty of discussion on how contacting recruiters or alumni to arrange coffee chats is a great way to network and secure a job.
But what do you really talk about during those coffee chats? Do you mainly stick to work-related questions or can you dwell into more casual questions? What are some big questions you should and should not ask?
Most importantly, how do you transition from a coffee chat to a job interview? Do you just show interest in the company, hinting that you want to work for them, or do you explicitly state that you are interested in a position? How do you follow up after a coffee chat?