Last week while speaking to Purdue University students at the Doster Leadership, I took part in their career fair. They invited recruiters and hiring managers from top companies looking to hire Purdue grads. Since I had a booth, many of the students were coming to me first to ask me career fair questions before they went to the employers.
Disclosure: I never went to career fairs in college. Why? Because I was too scared to do it. My only experience was at an MBA fair when I asked one of the representatives, “What are you looking for in an MBA candidate at your school?” I thought this was a really good question to ask, but the response I got made me never want to go to any type of fair situation again. She said, “That is a terrible question to ask and you should go look at our website. Good-bye.”
That experience instilled a fear of anything career fair related. So this post is for you if you are scared to death of going to a career fair. Unfortunately, the people who make the most of these career fairs are those that get the best opportunities. I know that I am best one-on-one, and career fairs are an excellent opportunity to as someone for a follow up one-on-one conversation.