TIPS FOR COLLEGE & PUBLIC CAREER FAIR INTERVIEWS

BEFORE the Event:

  • Make ample copies of your resume. You will want to present your resume to each of the employers you speak with.

 

  • Prepare a 30-second introduction. With many others waiting to speak to the recruiter, you will only have a brief opportunity to introduce yourself. Prepare a 30-second intro that notes your credentials, the experience you have, and any licensures you have or licensing exams you expect to take. Be sure to include the type of position you are looking for.

 

  • Do a little research. Before the fair, review the list of employers that have confirmed their attendance, as well as the positions they are looking to fill. For those employers you are particularly interested in, spend a little time gathering some background on their organization, facts you might inject into the conversation during the interview. This will also assist you with asking more focused questions, showing the employer you have taken some time to learn about their organization.

 

  • Identify the employers of highest and moderate interest, then schedule your time. Your time is limited. Identify the employers of highest interest and moderate interest, then schedule the employers in a list you can follow. However, do not draft your list to make a bee-line to your number 1, 2, and 3 picks as soon as you arrive. Instead, schedule to first meet with a few employers you are more moderately interested in. This will give you an opportunity to practice your interview skills and 30-second introduction, allowing you time to build your confidence and adjust your style and intro so you feel comfortable. After 3-4 employers you are moderately interested in, you should feel ready to start meeting with those employers you are highly interested in, those you absolutely want to meet with. Be ready to adjust this list while at the career fair should you need more time to hone your presentation skills, or if you feel comfortable quickly and desire to hit your highest priority employers sooner.

 

  • Dress appropriately. First impressions are important. While campus attire is acceptable for college career fairs, you will probably be most comfortable if you at least dress in "business casual." If you must be in scrubs, be sure the scrubs are clean and wrinkle-free.

 

Other Helpful Links:

-During & After the Event

-4 Tips to Negotiating Salary During Economic Uncertainty

-9 Signs You Aced the Interview 

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