Here are some phrases you can ask someone about their job:
So, what do you do?
So, what do you do for a living?
Where do you work?
Do you work nearby? Is your job close?
How do you get to work? (Do you drive to work or take the train/bus/public transportation?)
How long have you been … (a therapist, in the hotel industry)?
You can respond by:
- smiling, nodding, agreeing
- saying you know someone in the same (or a similar) industry or company
- mentioning anything you have in common
Avoid talking about the following because they are too personal:
- level of expertise