5 key questions to ask at a careers fair!

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If you’re heading into you final year, you’re likely to be bombarded with information about graduate jobs from the moment you return.

With many application deadlines hitting before the end of the first term, it’s crucial you start thinking about your future career soon.

Visiting a careers fair can be a great way to kick-start your job search for that perfect graduate role. They give you the opportunity to meet recruiters, understand what’s it like to work for a wide range of companies and find the information you need to know on the application process.

The GradJobs team have been organising GradJobs Live! events for over 30 years, so they know a thing or to about the do’s and don’ts of attending a careers fair.

In order to get the most out of your visit, you need to make sure you are asking the right questions. Here are the GradJobs team’s top five!

What graduate opportunities do you have?

If you can, it’s best to research this beforehand, as it will demonstrate to the recruiters you are a serious candidate. Open with the position you are interested if you know which that is and you may be able to get some first-hand insight into the role.

If a company catches your eye on the day though, don’t be afraid to approach them and find out more. You might just discover new possibilities.

Where are your graduate opportunities based?

You may live on one side of the country and the role you discover may be on the other side. It’s important to think about whether you want to move to somewhere new or look for roles near where you are already.

What does the application process involve?

Asking this will let the company know you’re genuinely interested in working with them. This will also help you prepare for the different step of the application and might just get a few useful tips too.

GradJobs Live! offers you the chance to improve your application skills and knowledge with inspiring GradTalks, Application Success Centre and the chance to practice a mock assessment day.

What kind of person are you looking for?

You spend more time with your colleagues than anyone else so it is important that the company is the right fit for you. How they answer will be a good indicator of who you might be working with. If they look for a ‘go hard or go home’ attitude, and you prefer to work in a calm environment, it might not be the best choice for you. Take note of their answer and weave keywords into your application.

Any advice? May I contact you if I have any other questions?

There is a high chance the people you are talking to have all been through the same recruitment process, so they are in a unique position to offer you advice.

It doesn’t hurt to ask for contact details of the person you’ve spoken to so you can follow up. Don’t take it personally if they don’t give them to you, but if they do it’s a good opportunity to jog their memory of meeting you. Though, do remember sending too many emails if you haven’t had any response may actually hinder your chances.

Being well prepared before you visit the event will only benefit you and boost your chances of succeeding. Book your ticket, if, you need to, and take a look at the exhibitor list and timetable so you can be ready to find the information you need. Most events also have a dedicated event app, so you can download beforehand and plan your day.

Good luck!

GradJobs Live! will take place on 17 & 18 October at Olympia London and on 31 October & 1 November at NEC Birmingham.

Entry is free and full-time students can get subsidised travel. Click here for more info about what’s going on and to book your free ticket!