Tips on Attending Career Fairs

Purpose of the Fair

The Career & Internship Fair is an excellent opportunity for you to explore and discuss career and internship positions with representatives from a variety of companies and organizations. It also provides you with a chance to develop valuable contacts with key individuals. Your reasons for attending this event might include: acquiring information to help you make decisions about your career, making contacts which may lead to an internship or full-time position, and learning more about the opportunities in a given field for someone with your skills, interests and experience.

What to Do

  • Familiarize yourself with organizations about which you have little or no knowledge
  • Dress professionally (see our Professional Dress handout)
  • Be positive, enthusiastic and self-confident; greet each employer with a handshake and a smile
  • Have a list of questions to ask that are important to you
  • Expect to take the lead in the conversation
  • Be prepared to talk about your skills, interest and/or background
  • Bring several copies of your updated resume; you may wish to leave off an objective
  • Obtain the company representative‚Äôs business card and follow-up with a letter to those companies with which you would like to pursue job or internship opportunities

Suggested Questions to Ask

About the Company/Organization

  1. Would you tell me about your company and the types of skills and experience you are seeking?
  2. How does this company differ from its competitors?
  3. What divisions do you have?
  4. In which divisions are new college grads most likely to be hired?
  5. What do you like most about working for this organization?
  6. What advice would you give to someone who wants to break into this field?

About the Industry

  1. What are the areas of growth?
  2. What should I know about your industry and/or organization before applying for a position?
  3. With what professional associations do you suggest I become involved?
  4. What publications or periodicals should I be reading in order to acquaint myself with what is happening industry-wide?

About the Occupation

  1. What are the entry-level opportunities? or What opportunities exist for candidates with prior work experience?
  2. What are the skills that are most important for a position in the field?
  3. What are the advancement opportunities?
  4. What type of training is given to people entering this field?
  5. Are there immediate openings in your company?  If not, what do you anticipate as the future opportunities?