3 Things I Wish I Knew Before a Career Fair

Career fairs provide you a chance to gain a deeper insight into the company and the position you are interested in. In addition, it is a great chance for you to impress campus recruiters and make yourself stand out from the sea of candidates. Are you prepared to attend one? Below are 3 important tips that I wish I knew before the career fair.

Career fairs provide you a chance to gain a deeper insight into the company and the position you are interested in. In addition, it is a great chance for you to impress campus recruiters and make yourself stand out from the sea of candidates. Are you prepared to attend one? Below are 3 important tips that I wish I knew before the career fair.

#1 Connect with the recruiter and alumni in advance

Find out who are actually attending the career fair for the company. You can do so by asking the organization that holds the fair or by talking with the alumni in the company. It would be a great comparative advantage for you. For example, you can connect with the recruiter in advance and do background research to learn what kind of career paths they offer or experiences they might be looking for. Sometimes recruiters attending the fair might be managers of the department you are interested in. In addition, you can find out if they are signing up/holding interviews at the fair and who has the right to give out spots. Make sure you talk with them and impress them.

#2 Research the company and position

Be sure to learn about the products/services the company provides before you approach the booth. Study the job description and develop questions regarding the position or the company. It would set you apart from the crowds if you already have a good understanding of the position and the company. If there is an evaluation before you get to an interview, you might want to ask some questions related to the evaluation to help you prepare for it.

#3: Prepare an introduction (elevator pitch)

Tailor your elevator pitch to the employer. In the elevator pitch, communicate your experiences, goals, and strengths. Most importantly, infer what you can offer to the company through your experiences and strengths. Including an open-ended question to engage the employer at the end of your elevator pitch is a good strategy as well. Remember to ask for the recruiter’s card and follow up after the fair.

Opportunities are out there, you just need to be prepared and strategic to attain them. With these preparations ahead of time, you are going to have a good start!  Use these tips if you plan to attend one of the many upcoming career fairs this semester!