From: Talent Management

How to succeed at job fairs and recruiting events

How to succeed at job fairs and recruiting events

No matter whether it is a networking event, a recruiting event, an internship fair or a career fair for graduates – job events and career fairs are a great opportunity to gather information, discuss any questions and get a first impression of a potential employer. Since the company representatives can also get a first impression of you, you should present yourself in the best possible way. A thorough preparation and an appropriate behaviour will maximise your opportunities to set the course for your future career.

How to prepare for a career fair

It is advisable to take a look at the list of exhibitors in advance. Note down which stands you would like to visit by all means and also consider the supporting programme: Workshops or lectures are usually announced online in advance, so you can note down your favourites and register if you are interested. It is generally advisable to give yourself enough time to stop by all the stands because you never know: new important information, contacts and opportunities often arise when you may not even expect them.

You should also gather some general information about the respective companies in advance. At the stand, you will certainly have the opportunity to inform yourself in detail about possible career options within the company. Maybe you will even meet your future boss! Therefore, you should use every opportunity to make a good and self-confident first impression. Well-prepared application documents will contribute to a good first impression. Create a structured CV and print it out. It is not necessary to prepare a cover letter. You also don't have to take certificates with you, because you can usually hand them in later.

For 95 per cent of all hiring managers, personal initiative and communication skills are among the most important soft skills that a candidate should have. Keep that in mind when approaching a stand: Introduce yourself to the contact person, be open-minded and enthusiastically emphasize your skills in a few words.

If you know immediately that you want to apply to the company, you can either do so directly at the fair or send your documents afterwards by referring to your conversation at the event.

How to follow up after a career fair

Since you gathered a lot of impressions at the recruiting event and got to know some potential new employers, you should go through all the documents, flyers and business cards again in a structured way:

1. Have you made a note of who you should send which documents to and when? Great! Send your complete documents within the given deadline.

2. You handed in your documents at the fair and are now waiting for feedback? Enter the agreed feedback date in your calendar and follow up on the status of your application if necessary.

3. Do you need more information about specific positions or the company? Find out more on the company’s career page and get in touch with your contact persons if you have any questions.

Take a look at our event calender to come and meet us at the many recruiting events we attend!