“So Claire, what do you do?”

You're talking to someone you just met at a party. You want to know what kind of job she has, so you ask this.

So Claire, what do you do?

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So (name),...

Use this phrase when you want to start talking to a certain person at a party or social event.

At parties, people might begin by talking in a large group, but usually break into smaller groups of two or three people to talk for a while. Asking one person in the group a question that starts with "So (name),..." is a great way to begin a conversation.

what do you do?

"What do you do?" is a question that adults almost always ask each other when they meet.

A: Nice to meet you.

B: Nice to meet you too, Bailey. So... tell me, what do you do?

A: I'm a jazz musician.

The question means "What is your job?", but no one directly asks "What is your job?"