It is useful to understand the mentor's perspective as it is a two way process and relationship. Your mentor wants to also gain something too.
Characteristics of a mentor:
- Active listener
- Good communicator
- Challenges the mentee
Mentors are there to offer insight into their career but you will need to determine how often the meetings are and what are the preferred communication methods.
Your mentor will be willing to share their knowledge but please remember mentors may not have all the answers. It's crucial to be prepared for all interactions, as mentors will have a lot to share but it is up to you to ask effective questions to gain these answers.