Practice reverse mentoring

Practice reverse mentoring


In order to be in the best possible condition as a mentee candidate in reverse mentoring, go through the list of mentee characteristics and ask yourself, at each step, if you are really ready. Don't hesitate to be very honest with yourself. If you have any reservations, it could complicate the Reverse Mentoring relationship after it has started. It is worthwhile to work on your reluctance before you start.

Recall some of the characteristics of the mentee:

  • willingness to learn and develop in a new and perhaps difficult field
  • The ability to express their needs, expectations and questions to a junior.
  • An open mind to everything that could happen, in terms of know-how as well as interpersonal skills
  • The ability to discuss and ask questions without feeling "disrespected
  • the ability to accept feedback and advice
  • the willingness to move forward through personal application of what you have learned.


The following questions will help you get started with your mentoring. Answer only those questions that seem most relevant to you. If possible, answer by handwriting.

  1. What do I need to know about the person I am mentoring?
  2. What does he or she need to know about me before I begin?
  3. What is the context? Who are the other people involved?
  4. What are my practical details (timing, location, means of communication...)
  5. What is the meaning I give to this reverse mentoring (why do I want to do it?)
  6. What could prevent me from being an effective mentor (and how can I overcome these situations?)
  7. Knowing myself well, what boundaries should I put around this relationship (my level of involvement, the kind of help I can offer, etc)?