<strong>Availability Needs: </strong>Do you need consistent, in-person advice or can you handle a more casual type of mentorship that is remote or less frequent? Know what you need and what your potential mentor has to offer. Early on, make your expectations clear (monthly brunch, weekly e-mails, etc) and determine whether that is compatible with your potential mentor’s schedule and priorities.
<strong>Personality Compatibility:</strong> Take note of substantive interactions with your potential mentor. As with any long-term relationship, it's important to make sure your personalities complement each other. Be aware of communication habits, goals and mindset on pursuit of goals. Also, some mentors have personal qualities that one aspires to. If that's the case for you, be sure to choose someone who has positive personality traits you would like to strengthen.