ECF Tip #9: Ask Questions

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After you’ve done your research on the employers, create a list of questions to ask.  Some general ones you might consider are:

  • What particular skills/qualifications does (organization’s name) look for in prospective employees/interns?
  • What is your organizations interview and hiring process?
  • What has your experience at (organization’s name) been like?

Show that you’ve done your research and ask questions about what you’ve learned

  • I read about xyz on your website. Can you tell me more about that initiative?
  • In your opinion, what sets your organization apart from other companies’ in the industry like (name a few competitors)?

Do NOT ask questions that can be easily answered by looking at the employer’s website. Also, don’t ask questions about salary and benefits. A career fair is not an appropriate place for those questions.

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ECF Tip #7: Understand How You’re Being Evaluated

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After a fair, some companies have their recruiters complete a simple evaluation sheet on the candidates they meet.  These sheets can include most of the following:

Personal Appearance: Dress like you are a serious candidate and they’ll treat you like you are a serious candidate.

Professionalism: Come prepared, be able to communicate your skills clearly and concisely, and be knowledgeable about the employer and what they do.

Confidence: We know you’re nervous. The trick is to appear like you are not.

Leadership: Be ready to highlight your leadership experience whether in a job, club or volunteer setting.

Etiquette: Be sure to use your best interpersonal skills.

(Adapted from: usnews.com/education/blogs/hired-before-graduation/2012/01/17/3-tips-for-students-to-ace-job-fairs )

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