Applying for jobs is hard. You never know how many applicants are vying for the same position as you. You do not know if the employer is someone that values what you bring to the table. You do not necessarily know if the position is even open (sometimes employers open jobs for applicants before deciding to cut the job or give it to an internal candidate).
At job fairs, however, you can be fairly certain that every opportunity presented is available for the taking. This makes job fairs an idea opportunity for you to make a good impression. Yet interviewing for job fairs can be hard, because you have very little time to impress each employer. Here are several tips for improving your interview skills at job fairs.
Job Fair Interview Tips
1. Dress Well
First and foremost, dress in your best job interview clothes. No matter where the job fair is taking place, you must treat it like any other job interview, and thus it is important that you put extra effort into your outfit. Employers will notice that you showed them respect by dressing to impress.
2. Be Outgoing and Friendly
Job fairs are tough on the employer. They are forced to see a number of applicants that are clearly unqualified and unready for the position. Make their day easier by being kind, outgoing, and friendly. Make them like you so that you make their entire day better and more worthwhile.
3. Use Every Opportunity
From the moment you say hello, you should be using every opportunity to try to win them over by discussing your qualifications and knowledge. Your time is short and the employer does not know you at all. Every chance you get you should be plugging yourself, possibly by preparing a pitch ahead of time to use on every employer that highlights your best points.
4. Ask a Lot of Questions
Try to find out every company that is going to be at the job fair and don’t be afraid to ask them question after question. These questions should display that you have knowledge about the company, in addition to interest in working there. The longer you can spend with the interviewer, the better your opportunities.
5. Bring Props
In addition to your resume, you should bring samples of your work, business cards, or anything that helps ensure that once the interviewer leaves for the day, you are remembered. If, after seeing all of these applicants, you are able to stay fresh on the employers mind, your chances of succeeding are much better.
Rarely do you have an opportunity to interview with so many different locations. Be confident and utilize your time well in order to give yourself an advantage.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Treat the interview like you would any interview.
- Be confident, outgoing, friendly and interesting.