How to Fare Well at a Job Fair

Stacie Garlieb
Marketing News
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Key Takeaways
  • The biggest challenge of a job fair is creating meaningful conversations with the hiring personnel so that you stand out in the crowd of prospective candidates.
  • To get the competitive edge, do some research ahead of time so that you can ask questions that demonstrate preparation and professionalism.
  • Once you’ve provided a few brief examples, being direct and asking about an interview conveys that you’re being cognizant of their time while showing your significant interest in their company and the job.

The biggest challenge of a job fair is creating meaningful conversations with the hiring personnel so that you stand out in the crowd of prospective candidates. The majority of job seekers simply walk up and introduce themselves, and then hand the recruiters a résumé and ask what jobs they’re hiring for. To get the competitive edge, do some research ahead of time so that you can ask questions that demonstrate preparation and professionalism.

1. “I saw on your website that you are currently hiring for X position. Could you please tell me what top skills a successful candidate should have?” 

This could prompt the recruiters to distill the list of skills and qualifications from the job posting into the top abilities that they’re looking for. Once they share those qualifications with you, you can explain how your past experiences fit the bill.

2. “What is a typical career path for someone with Y position in your organization?”

Asking this question signals to the recruiters that you’re interested in a career, not just a job, which could indicate that you might have staying power as an employee.

3. “What additional information can I provide you or your company in order to schedule an interview?

Only ask this question once you’ve been able to demonstrate to the recruiters how you’re well-suited to the job they’re hiring for. Once you’ve provided a few brief examples, being direct and asking about an interview conveys that you’re being cognizant of their time while showing your significant interest in their company and the job. ​


This article was originally published in the May 2014 issue of Marketing News.


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Stacie Garlieb
Stacie Garlieb is president of career consultancy Successful Impressions and the creator of a career workshop series in partnership with the University of Phoenix.
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