What to Expect

Employers expect students and alumni to be dressed professionally and to be well prepared for this event. 

Before The Fair

  • Browse your University career center's event page and attend career fair prep and resume workshops if they are offered.
  • Research the companies in attendance that interest you most. Read news reports, press releases, and websites. At a minimum, you should know what the company does before you talk to them.
  • Prepare good questions that exemplify your knowledge about the company.
  • Update and polish your resume. Bring plenty of copies, but be aware that some employers may prefer you to apply online after the fair.
  • Practice an "elevator speech" (a brief introduction) highlighting who you are and why recruiters should be interested in you.
  • Practice your interviewing skills. Some employers are prepared to interview potential candidates at the career fair or the next day.
  • Dress in business professional attire

At The Fair

  • Review the room map and find the companies you planned to meet. 
  • Make eye contact, smile, and use a firm handshake. Introduce yourself with your previously prepared introduction mentioned above.
  • Ask the recruiter questions that aren't easily answered by looking at their company's website.
  • Speak with as many companies as possible. Approach the fair as a learning experience and take notes about the companies you talk to.
  • Be courteous and be respectful of the recruiter's time and others waiting to speak with them. Remember to say please and thank you.
  • Avoid eating, drinking and being unprofessional around the recruiters.
  • Ask if you can offer them your resume or if they prefer that you apply online. Ask for a business card so you can follow up with them after the fair.

After The Fair

  • Follow up with the companies that interested you the most and thank them for their time by sending a thank you card or email. Try to mention key points from the conversation you had at the fair. Check your spelling and grammar before sending.
  • Continue researching the organizations you met at the fair and identify new job postings as well as potential contacts for informational interviews.
  • Contact your University’s career center to set up an appointment to practice your interviewing skills in the case that you are contacted by an employer.