Asking someone about their education might seem like a common and simple thing, but the big question is whether you are doing it right.
Understanding the context of your conversation and responding in the right way is essential in helping you to be courteous as you inquire about someone’s education.
Here is how you should ask about someone’s education in respect to two contexts:
I. Business Context
The most common business context scenario where questions about education come up is during an interview.
An interviewer will want to capture all the details concerning education from an interviewee.
Questions to ask about one’s educational background:
• Tell me about your educational background.
• Why did you choose your particular major?
Questions to ask about one’s educational level:
• What is your educational level?
• Would you consider going for a higher educational level?
Questions to ask about degrees:
• What degree did you pursue?
• How will your degree help you articulate functions in this job?
II. Private Context
The primary aspect that you have to take note of in a private context is that the questions have to be social and friendly.
You don’t demand for a response in a private setting.
Instead of being too direct, try to create a rapport between you and the person you’re asking a question about their education.
• You seem to know so much about this topic; what did you study in college?
• You speak very confidently-have you studied this topic?