How to Work a Job Fair
Going to a job fair is a very efficient way to explore
different organizations and can help you find a full-time
position or internship.
- Register for the fair, if necessary.
- Obtain a list of the organizations and research and prepare
questions for those that are of interest.
- Review standard interview questions so that you are prepared to
answer them clearly and effectively.
- Prepare and practice a brief (30 seconds) "commercial" in which
you will introduce yourself, describe your interest in the
organization, connect your skills, interests, and relevant
experience with what the company seeks, and present your
- Have your resume critiqued by ICS and bring several copies to
the fair. You may also bring a portfolio to hold your resumes,
letters of recommendation, references, and samples of your work (if
- Be familiar with the fair location and parking. Bring
money for food and the registration fee if needed.
- Dress for success. Conservative business attire is always
During the Fair
- Check in, if necessary, and obtain a copy of the layout of the
room to locate companies.
- Explore the fair on your own to avoid appearing too dependent
upon your friends.
- Always conduct yourself professionally because you never know
when an employer may be watching.
- Before approaching a company, review the information you
gathered about the organization. Organize the materials you want to
have available for that employer, and check your appearance.
Note: Be flexible with the order in which you
visit employers. If you see a line forming, move on to another
organization and return later.
- When approaching the employer, wait patiently if there is
another candidate ahead of you and conduct yourself courteously and
confidently by smiling, establishing and maintaining eye contact
and presenting a firm handshake when introducing yourself.
- During the meeting:
- Be interested and interesting, listen actively, speak clearly
and confidently, and offer coherent, concise, and honest responses
to the employer's questions.
- Maintain your professionalism. Even though a job fair is a more
relaxed atmosphere than a formal interview, it is still part of the
- When the interview is wrapping up, ask the employer for his/her
business card, if you may follow up with the employer and, if so,
when. Be sure to thank them for their time.
- After the meeting, note the items you discussed, any
interesting information you learned, follow-up information and any
other information that may be helpful later.
After the Fair
- Send thank you letters to the employers within one week.
Mention something specific that you discussed to make sure
they remember you. Thank them and express interest in a formal