Every type of employment event gives you the opportunity to learn about a specific company, make personal connections with prospective employers and even get your foot in the door of a new career. With all of the wonderful prospects job fairs and general hiring events provide, it's important for you to make the best impression possible. That's why we’ve put together a few tips on how to nail down a job while avoiding common blunders.
1) Do your research -- Job fairs and employment events can be very informational but that doesn’t mean you don't have to do your homework. Get to know more about the company or companies you're interested in and familiarize yourself with their brand before your interview. Check out the store, order something off the menu or window shop their merchandise to get a better understanding of the customer experience and what they're looking for in their employees.
Doing your research shows the employer that you're interested and you know how to take initiative. Best of all, it teaches you something new and saves you from embarrassing yourself. Nothing can be more humiliating than getting caught raving about a product the company doesn’t even sell. I know this sounds silly but it really happens all the time.
2) Look the part -- When you're on the hunt for a new job always dress professionally, wear a smile and keep a positive attitude. As an employee, you're always on a stage. With more frontline jobs emerging in the workforce, you’ve got to be mindful of your appearance, especially your facial expressions.
3) Remember the basics -- Preparing for a job fair is like preparing for a traditional interview, and that means you have to practice. Approach each potential employer with confidence and communicate your skills with enthusiasm. It's normal to be nervous during any interview, just remember to be yourself and practice. Before the job fair run through general interview questions and prepare a brief one-minute summary of yourself, include details about your education, skills, qualification and career goals. This will help the recruiter get a better understanding of who you are and it will help ease your nervousness. Don't forget to bring extra copies of your resume and something to take notes with.
You're ultimate goal is to make a positive impression and be remembered for all the right reasons. Your awesome personality, professional attire and friendly attitude will certainly help you make an impact at your next job fair. Attending a job fair can seem stressful but if you follow our tips you'll be a job fair pro and one step closer to your next job in no time.