Stumped on how to start a conversation at a job fair? Shy or awkward when talking to strangers? Just not sure where to begin? Here are some questions you might consider asking as you network with participating employers.
- Can you tell me more about the positions you’re hiring for today?
- How would you describe the culture at your company?
- What’s the best thing about working for XYZ?
- How long have you been with XYZ?
- What majors do you frequently hire?
- What would you say the most important skills are for ABC position?
- How does your company define success?
- What’s the best way to apply?
- Is there anything particular I should know about your company or the hiring process before I apply?
- Would you like a copy of my resume?
Keep in mind that interactions at job fairs tend to be brief, so don’t expect you’ll be able to ask all of these questions. Be mindful of the recruiters’ verbal cues and body language, and be ready to wrap up quickly if they seem ready to move on (or if a line starts forming behind you!). If there’s no crowd, you might be able to have a more in-depth discussion.
You should be ready to answer questions, too! At a minimum, be prepared to talk about what kind of job you’re looking for and what experience and skills you have that qualify you for employment.