As we are in the midst of career fair and interview season, I wanted to post some career fair and interview tips. Being nervous about getting a full time job or an internship is understandable, but don’t let that get in the way of talking to your dream company. Here are 5 tips to success, whether you’re interviewing or talking to a recruiter at their booth.
- Smile! Nothing will put you more at ease than having a positive attitude. (Picture is of former Region Collegiate Senator Sangeetha Mylvaganam).
- Be Confident: Find a quiet corner to power pose for awhile. Get yourself in the frame of mind you need to be the empowered, independent woman you are: the woman that is going to get out there and hit the ball out of the park.
- Do your research. One of the first questions and recruiter asks is: Why us? Can you answer that question? It takes time to do research on companies, so have a game plan and research the companies you REALLY want, and know them well. https://www.wetfeet.com/articles/how-to-prepare-before-the-career-fair
- Be an active listener. Starting from your handshake (a good handshake is one that no one remembers), be engaged in what the company representative is saying to you. No two conversations during career fair should be alike, and you should emphasize the qualities you have that the recruiter is emphasizing. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/improve-active-listening-skills-business-situations-20192.html
- Follow up. Ask for a business card or an email address. Personally, I find this to be very difficult. After spending hours on the career fair and talking to recruiters, all I think about is catching up on all the school work I neglected during the day. However, you owe it to yourself to make the lasting impression on a recruiter by following up. https://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/blog/rnr/2012/09/what-happens-after-career-fair
There is plenty of other advise to be given, but the most important is to show up, be professional, and be yourself.