How to respond to: “I’m happy to chat, but first, what do you expect to get out of it? Be honest.”?

Note: This is pretty common. Hence why we need to be clear on our desired outcome and vision before any chats or interviews.

Potential answer:

Dear [their first name],

Thank you for your response! That’s brilliant. And, of course. It’s a dream of mine to work at [their company]. My main objective is to understand a little more about your story and how you achieved your success. My secondary objective would be to learn more about what it takes to be part of your team. Once I know what you/your team values, I can better carve out a roadmap to be part of it in the future!

Thank you very much.

[your first name]