Job Fair Tips

A wide variety of services are available to Alumni graduates of The University of Rio Grande Valley. Alumni are welcome to participate in all workshops and Career Connections opportunities featuring employers and other speakers, as noted on our departmental calendar. Additional services include the use of Career Connection, an online job posting system with employer and volunteer mentor contacts, the use of Optimal Job Search Tools and other resources listed on our website. Contact Career center for further information and to schedule an appointment.

Before Career Expos

Research

  • Learn about the organization
  • Have a specific job or jobs in mind
  • Review your qualifications for the job
  • Start preparing a list of questions about the organization or position
  • Prepare answers to broad questions about yourself
  • Review your resume

Rehearse

  • Practice an interview with a friend, relative or participate in a mock interview
  • Be well groomed
  • Dress appropriately (see Business Professional vs. Business Casual)
  • Do not chew gum or smoke prior to the interview

Relax

  • Arrive at least 10 – 15 minutes before the scheduled time of your interview
  • Use good manners. Learn the name of your interviewer and give a firm hand shake as you meet
  • Answer each question concisely
  • Respond promptly, but not vaguely
  • Use proper English and avoid contractions or slang
  • Be enthusiastic
  • Ask questions about the position and the organization
  • Thank the interviewer and follow up with a letter

Remember to bring these items with you:

  • Resume. Even though the employer may already have it or may not have required one, you should be able to furnish the interviewer with information about your education, training, and previous employment.
  • References. Usually an employer requires three references. Get permission from people before using their names, and make sure they will give you a good reference. Avoid using relatives. For each reference, provide the following information: name, address, telephone number, and job title.
  • University transcript. Many employers forget to mention this to you, but it is always good to keep one in your notebook just in case.
  • Social Security number and Driver's license number. Bring these items in the event that the organization requires a background check.

Practicing for an interview should never be overlooked. The interview can either make or break your chances with the interview and just the way you study for that major exam you also need to study for your interview. All students wishing to set up a mock interview to practice their interview skills should contact Career Services at least a week in advance to set up an appointment.

During Career Expos

  • Dress “business professional” or “business casual”. Make that first impression.
  • Bring several copies of your resume.
  • Keep track of the recruiters with whom you speak and send follow-up notes to the ones that interest you.
  • Don’t bring your backpack.
  •  Be aware of your surroundings and listen for questions asked by other career fair attendees. You might pick up valuable information as well as career fair “do’s and don’ts.”
  • Talk to company representatives and ask meaningful questions. You won’t accomplish anything by picking up literature and loading up on freebies.
  • Ask questions that are relevant to your career goals. Sample questions:
    • Will you be interviewing on campus?
    • When can I expect to hear from you?
    • I’ve done research on your company, but can you provide me with additional information?
    • What opportunities are available within your company?
  • Don’t interrupt the employer representative or fellow job seekers. If someone is monopolizing the time, make eye contact with the employer to let him or her know that you are interested in speaking. If all else fails, move to the next employer and plan to come back later.
  • Find out the procedures to secure an interview with an employer you are interested in. Either the employer or Career Services staff can assist you.
  • Don’t just drop your resume at the employer’s table. Try to get it into a recruiter’s hand. If you cannot speak to the recruiter, look for a business card to contact him/her at a later time.

Research the employers that interest you prior to visiting the career fair. Contact Career Services for information on career fair participants.

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