Introduce yourself and state your purpose. Be prepared to share why you are excited about exploring the industry and learning more from the person’s perspective. A well-prepared introduction will help get the meeting flowing. Have your list of questions; refer to them and take notes. Time will go by quickly, so listen actively and take good notes. Honor the time limitations you initially set. After 20 minutes, offer to end the interview, but be prepared to stay if the person wants to spend more time with you.
Thank the person for his/her time and be sure to ask for a business card. Send an email to thank them for their time and within 24 hours, send a brief thank-you note. If appropriate, ask to connect with the person on LinkedIn.