Whats the term for profiling someone or doing background research on somebody before you meet them.
A reference to the behavior is Gary Walsh in the TV show VEEP where he whispers seemingly random information about somebody into the Vice Presidents ear before she meets the person. Then she is able to talk to them about their kids, dogs, hobbies, etc.
I imagine diplomats are briefed like this before they meet other foreign dignitaries.
I think it's both a verb and a noun, but I'm not sure.
It's not vetting, but it's something similar. Vetting happens before a decision, this would be just to gain knowledge about the other person.