- Attend pre-fair workshops at the Career Services Center.
- Print a map of the BJC.
- Have specific questions prepared for each specific organization you plan to meet.
- Offer a firm handshake, show enthusiasm and maintain eye contact.
- A well-practiced 30-second introduction is the perfect way to make a great first impression.
- Bring your resume on a jump drive so you can print extra copies if you need to.
Identify the employers you want to meet and research the company's website.
- Know what to expect.
- Go to the student registration table (Gate A or Gate B of the BJC) to receive your name tag. Remember your student ID!
- Carry a professional portfolio.
- Adhere your nametag to your right chest.
- Eliminate such bad habits as playing with your hair, chewing gum, fidgeting, etc.
- Have your "thirty-second introduction" ready
- Thank each recruiter for his or her time and always ask for business cards.
- You stand out and make a better impression on your own - you draw negative attention holding hands with your significant other.
- Many jobs require that you apply online after or before the career fair, be prepared with a strong cover letter.
- TRAVEL LIGHT - carrying too many bags is difficult. Utliize coat check on level 2 but bring as few extra items as possible.
Come prepared to talk about your experiences- classroom projects and internships build your credibility.
- Follow up on promises. If a recruiter expressed interest in looking at your website, make sure to email the URL like you said you would.
- Within a few days, send a thank you note to each recruiter with whom you talked – especially if you are considering future opportunities with the organization.
- Signing in to Nittany Lion Career Network gives you access to job listings, on-campus interviews, resume posting, information sessions and more.
- Apply online after the fair if the recruiter instructs you to!
- Network with anyone (friends, family, faculty, alumni of Penn State) who will give you information on career opportunities or job openings.
- Don't know what to do next? Drop-in to see a Career Counselor (no appointment necessary, Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm) or call 814-865-2377.
Ask for a business card and jot down notes about conversations you had with recruiters.
- Catch the interviewer's interest with something unique about you.
- Ask what a perfect candidate would be like.
- Know the job description to better address the specific needs of the organization and requirements of the position to your skill set.
- Keep your answers to questions short and to the point.
- Be polite to absolutely everybody. You want to leave a good impression.
- Show strength, perseverance, optimism and a good work ethic in your interview.
- If you are getting interviews but missing out on opportunities, consult with a career counselor. Understanding how to tackle hard questions is an art that can be mastered. (No appointment necessary, Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm) or call 814-865-2377.
Show your research - mention something you have learned about the organization.