You've researched the employers, you know who you are going to visit, you've practiced your elevator speech, now what?
Asking the right questions will show an organization how interested you are in their company, and it will also show them that you've done enough research to delve deeper than just, "What does your company do?". You are there to learn and impress - so make the most of your change with the recruiters on the other side of the booths!
After you have done your research on your top companies, curate your own personalized questions you would like to ask them. Here are a few examples of some great questions you can ask:
- What types of strengths and experiences do you look for in new hires for [insert company name]?
- How would you describe the organizational culture at [company name]?
- How long does the hiring process take and what does it consist of at [company name]?
- What type of training or ongoing professional development does [company name] provide?
You will also be asked questions, so prepare to speak about YOUR strengths, experiences, goals, and how and why you would bring value to that organization. A big part of the hiring process is how well an interviewer believes the prospect will get along with the rest of the team. Engaging with the company reps and fellow career fair attendees will help you get a feel for what the company is like and what kind of people work there.
Make sure you stand tall, make eye contact, have a firm handshake, and have your phone tucked away when you go up to these employers!