Career Fair Etiquette
Before the Fair:
- Prepare a resume and print several copies on quality resume paper. Have at least two copies of your resume for each company you plan to visit.
- Consider having personal business cards with your contact information to give to recruiters during the career fair.
- Clarify your goals for the job fair. Expect to initiate contact with recruiters to learn more about jobs and companies that interest you.
- Review a list of companies that will be attending.
- Identify those companies you plan to talk with and research them.
- Prepare a list of at least four questions for each company based on your research. Appropriate questions reveal information about you and your knowledge and interest in the company
Prepare a one-minute commercial to introduce yourself and
practice, practice, practice!
“Good afternoon. I’m Joe Smith. I will graduate this May with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and I am interested in pursuing a career in marketing; specifically in sales. What specific qualities are you looking for in a candidate? Or, I am completing my Junior year in marketing and would like to know what types of internships your company offers. What specific qualities are you looking for in a candidate?”
- Dress appropriately – business formal preferred; but no less than business casual.
- Be enthusiastic and show your personality!
During the Fair
- Present your one-minute commercial and resume to companies that interest you.
- Make eye contact when introducing yourself and give a firm handshake.
- Show interest and enthusiasm in the company – not in their free giveaways!
- Demonstrate your knowledge of the company.
- Show confidence through your voice and your posture.
- Listen carefully to what the representative has to say.
- Ask for a business card or write down the representative’s name and contact info.
- Bring a portfolio with a writing tablet so you can take notes about the companies.
Questions You Can Ask:
- What goals does your company have for the future?
- What kinds of entry level positions exist within your organization?
- What does your organization consider the three most important qualities in an employee?
- What are the opportunities for advancement within your company?
- What made you choose to work for this company?
- How long have you been with the company?
After the Fair:
Hand write or email a thank you note about your experience meeting them at the Career Fair and your interest in learning more about the company and possible positions.