Instead of staying silent during a job fair or interview SPEAK UP and let your voice be heard!
By building a rapport with the employers before getting into the nitty-gritty details of the job it can give you a major competitive edge over other candidates. Plus it will feel more like a friendly conversation which can certainly help calm those nerves. You can also use this information later on when following up.
Remember, these questions are not about you, but about them and the focus on building a connection. Try these out during your next job fair, interview or networking event!
1. It's a pleasure to meet you. How was your weekend (or how has your week been)? This demonstrates to the interviewer that you're confident, proactive, and friendly. Make sure to smile!
2. What was the most pleasantly surprising thing about working here you learned once you were on the job? It's a good idea to keep the conversation focused on the employer and their positive experiences with working at the company.
3. What's the most memorable thing that has happened to you since joining the company? This will show you are a positive person and care about others as well as help you feel out what the culture is like.
4. I read a really great article this morning on the way over here today. Discuss it a little if it connects to the company and if the employer seems interested, continue, if not gracefully move on.
5. What's one of the most interesting projects or opportunities that you've worked on? Employers will love the chance to reflect and respond on what it is they’ve worked on or are currently working on. This will also provide further insight into what they are doing now in the company, as well as give them a chance to talk about their own accomplishments.
6. What is it about (company name) that you love the most? This will tell you what the employer cares about but also what makes the company special.
Remember to keep bringing it back to the interviewer/company and your interest in it.
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Don’t worry, before a job fair or interview it is 100% normal to feel a little anxious. Here are some tips to help you rock your next one!
Don’t forget to breathe An interview can be a high-pressure situation but it is important to take a breath and collect yourself when you are feeling nervous. When you are asked a question and you feel yourself blanking, it’s ok! Just take a breath and pause for a moment. To you, it will feel like a LONG time, but in actuality, it will be just a few seconds. Sometimes those few seconds are all you need to clear your head and refocus!
Prepare for outside forces Things like weather, traffic, and delays can cause our nerves to SKY rocket. Avoid them by leaving EARLY and planning your route. Know how long it should take you. If you’re driving get gas the night before, if you are taking the train or bus have your pass with you. Be sure to check the weather too to see if you need an umbrella or a heavier jacket so you are comfortable and stay dry when you arrive.
Pack the important things Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and pen to jot things down. You will want to review your notes when you get home so everything isn’t a blur! Also be sure to bring 40-50 copies of your resume as well as a business card if you do have them. It’s always best when you are prepared and ready to go so you aren’t stressed that you forgot something or scrambling at the last minute.
Present yourself in the best ways possible Think about how you would ideally want to present yourself as well as how you want your personality to come across to your interviewer. They are meeting you for the first time, so think about how you will come across. Practice answering questions in the mirror or record your responses and play them back. How do you sound? By prepping ahead of time and planning what you want to say, it will help build your confidence. Don't forget to smile, sit/stand up straight, listen, respond, and maintain good eye contact.
Remember to keep calm and [introduce yourself to the employer] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6d46f61d-c53b-5ec5-9d7c-69cc61713f6a) with a firm handshake. Give them a good vibe! Don't forget, they are human JUST like you and have been in your shoes. They will not only understand, but they will expect you to be a bit nervous.
Check out some other great tips to help you [prepare here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/29869635-4d8f-502f-b912-2211f8b674d8).
Wishing you the best during your job hunt! : )
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Job/Career Fair Instructions
Approach a job fair with all the seriousness of a job interview. Don't go to the job fair to look for a job, rather go there to get a job.
A job fair provides the opportunity to showcase in person what you can only say in a limited way on a resume. Present yourself as an effective communicator, critical thinker, team player and you are the candidate that the employer is looking for to make their company more successful. Your aim is to leave a lasting impression on the recruiters you meet.
Whether this is your first fair or you’ve attended many, these tips will help you to be well prepared for it and to making the most of your time there.
Employers have a presence at job fairs to increase brand awareness, also to save time in the screening process. Job fairs offer an opportunity for employers to conduct initial screenings on potential candidates on the spot. Employers have an idea of what they are looking for in a candidate for each job opening, so anyone who appears to make the cut can be interviewed to advance the process along right then and there.
Job seekers who come prepared will strike up opportunities quickly, so here are things you MUST do before, during and after attending a job/career fair.
Research In Advance
There could be many companies represented at each job fair, but that doesn’t mean that all of them are offering employment that you want. Research ahead of time which ones you are interested in. When you know your targets, you can also start to customize your materials. It’ll help to look at the company’s website so you see what job openings they have and the requirements for each position. This information can help you tailor your resumes and presentations to the companies and if possible, the open positions you’re interested in. It also provides you an idea of what to communicate when you meet with the individuals at the job fair, rather than standing there looking lost and out of place because you're at a loss for words. With good preparation, you’ll stand out as a serious candidate.
If there is an employer you desire to work with, but they are not recruiting for the job you want, it’s important to still go over and talk to them. Future opportunities may suddenly open up. The contacts there may also direct you to information in regards to who’s leading the department you want to work in so that you can make contact and follow-up with that individual directly.
Build Your Network
Plan enough time to mix and mingle with as many recruiters as you can. Career fairs are a great place to network and build strong relationships. It’s not about simply dropping off the resume. You want to start conversation with as many people as you can at a career fair. Plan to approach the employer even if they aren’t recruiting for the job you want. That company representative may know someone who is. You may be pleasantly surprised as to who knows whom and where someone may be able to refer you.
Remember to connect with the recruiters you meet on LinkedIn. The online networking platform is a great way to maintain these relationships, even if you aren’t pursuing a job right away.
Ask The Right Questions
The key is to engage in conversation. Ask insightful and thoughtful questions. The right questions will show you’ve put thought into the company and are interested in learning more. Question like what's a typical day for the position you are interested in. In addition, it’s a good idea to ask about the company’s culture and work environment to determine if the position would be a good fit for your personality. Another great open-ended question that demonstrates your interest is to ask what initial training is like. Don’t ask questions that you could answer with a quick look at the organization’s website. For instance, don’t ask, “What does your company do?” Asking good question can provide opportunity to open the door to more conversation. Make yourself someone they will remember at the end of the day, not someone who’s simply swinging by randomly.
Have The Right Answers
Employers take notice of job candidates who exhibit a smile and enthusiasm. They want to see a candidate that is serious and has a strong desire to work with them. They may screen your interest level by asking typical interview questions like: “What do you know about us?” or “Why do you want to work for us?” and Why should we hire you? so be prepared!
Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready
Employers are looking to hear what you can do for them, so come prepared with a quick pitch on your skills, experience, significant accomplishments as well as how it can help solve their problems.
Dress To Impress
Dress like you’re going for an interview. First impressions are very important. One’s attire should be business appropriate, conservative and simple. Accessories, fragrances and makeup should be kept to a minimum.
On-the-spot interviews happen at job fairs, so come dressed the part and be ready with copies of your resume in hand. As you introduce yourself, be mindful of your body language. Your body language can show how you feel without words. To look confident and assertive, eye contact, a firm handshake, and a smile are key. You will want to shake the recruiter’s hand before and after you speak with them. Make sure to maintain direct eye contact the entire time you are speaking. Stay focused. Don’t let your mind or your eyes wander, as it may draw the recruiter’s attention away from your message.
Tip: You may want to bring up to 50 copies of your resume, including those that are specific to positions and employers you're interested in. Be careful in handing out the intended resume to the target employer. Don't mix up your resumes, handing out the wrong one for the job or company intended.
Patrick's Bonus Tip: Use a bit of antiperspirant on your hands for a good, dry handshake.
Seal The Deal
As with a job interview, you should plan to send a follow-up note to the contacts you meet. It will help to keep you top of recruiters minds and it gives you a chance to reiterate why you have what they are looking for. Be sure to collect business cards from the people you speak with, preferably at the beginning of your conversation (it will provide you their name, title). Ask how their name is pronounced; use their last name in your conversation (Mr./ Mrs. last name). Take good notes so you know how best to personalize the follow-up note. Just as with an interview, send a thank you note or email to the person/persons you had a discussion with. Thank them for their time. Bring up something memorable during your conversation. You may want to bring up a quick new point to support why you are the right person that they should hire. Remember; thankful, memorable, brief and to the point, not pushy.
Ultimately, success at a job fair is all about the memorable impression you make. Employers are there to find high-potential candidates for their organization. Leave them with the impression that you are that candidate. Approached the right way, job fairs can open many conversations and doors to job opportunities. It is also a great way to make connections and add to your valuable network.
The [Cincinnati Works job fair] (https://www.jobcase.com/groups/deff36a1-c490-4a81-9c25-a8adfdfa59ea) is coming up on September 17th!!
There has never been a better time to prepare your elevator pitch than right NOW so you are set and ready to go : )
So what is an elevator pitch?
An elevator pitch is a clear, brief message that is ALL about you. It communicates who you are, what you're looking for in a job and how that employer can benefit from hiring you.
Follow these tips to help create and perfect yours!
Tell us, what is your elevator pitch?
The [job fair] (https://www.jobcase.com/cw-job-fair?) is next Tuesday, September 17th from 1-4pm in the Cintas Center located at 1624 Herald Ave, Cincinnati.
Find out all the info [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/cw-job-fair?).
NOW is the time to make those final preparations so you are confident and ready to go! Check out these tips to help you prepare for the fair as the weekend approaches!
-Friday Know the companies you are interested in and research their mission/culture TODAY. Take some time to see what they are all about and jot down some notes! Remember, your pitch should be tailored to what YOU bring to that company based on what they do. They will be impressed! Wondering who will be there? Find out [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/547be614-58a1-538c-916a-65ed8a0badef)
-Saturday Print and pack at least 50 copies of your resume and place them in a folder, or notebook and then tuck them away in a bag. You can run to Staples, your local library or print at home. Just make sure your resumes are easily accessible when an employer requests a copy, so you don't have to go digging for it!
-Sunday Practice and perfect your [elevator pitch] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/c0253dd6-f61a-5c1c-910a-92cbb6b583fd) so you are ready to WOW employers on the spot!!
-Monday Plan to get to the fair on time. Figure out how you will arrive and how long it will take with Google maps. Are you sharing a ride, walking, taking the train or a Lyft? Just have your plan in place! If you can, arrive a little bit early (15mins) to calm your nerves and take a lap around the room when the doors open up.
-Monday Lay out your clothing out the day before. By planning ahead you don’t have to scramble trying to find something in the morning. Also, be sure it's clean and wrinkle-free. Check out some tips on what to wear [here] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/60d77b2f-6640-5331-8816-dca310ec58bf?from=https%253A%252F%252Fwww.jobcase.com%252Fcommunity).
-Monday night Go to bed early.*Even if you’re a night owl, put on those pj’s and climb into bed early enough the night before so you get a full 8 hours. You will look rested tomorrow and feel much calmer and more focused.
-Tuesday morning Eat a good breakfast. It’s true what they say, breakfast IS the most important meal of the day. It will fuel your brain/body first thing and last until lunchtime! When in doubt bring a snack to eat later to help keep you energized!
Also, be sure to practice your pitch a few times that morning. Whether it’s in the shower or on the ride over, say it a few times so you build up that confidence! What will you say in 20-30 seconds to grab that employer’s attention?
Nervous? If you are not sure what to say when you first meet an employer, use a few of these [conversation starters] (https://www.jobcase.com/conversations/6d46f61d-c53b-5ec5-9d7c-69cc61713f6a) to get things rolling!
Wishing you the best of luck at the job fair this week! You have got this! : )
Wearing inappropriate clothing to an interview could cost you the job. An interviewer's first impression is often a lasting one, so the way you present yourself is very important. Check out some tips to help you dress to impress for your next interview or job fair!
Women's Professional Interview Attire -Stick to solid colors (avoid patterns, but if you must stick to subtle ones and avoid those that will have them looking at your clothes instead of at your face.) -A suit with a button up shirt worn underneath -Mid length skirt (a little below the knee and/or longer is fine) paired with a coordinated blouse -Modest shoes (Closed-toe pumps are a safe bet and look very professional) -Limited jewelry (avoid flashy, again the focus is on YOU) -Neat, professional hairstyle -Light makeup and very little perfume (one spray a few hours beforehand) -Manicured nails (avoid chipped and overly bright nail polish, think neutrals)
Men's Professional Interview Attire -Stick to solid colors -Consider a conservative suit (if you can't wear a suit consider wearing your best dress shirt, tie, and slacks) -Long sleeve button up shirt (again a solid color) and coordinating dress pants -Conservative tie (stick to solids no crazy patterns, logos, etc.) Dark socks paired with professional dress shoes (no sneakers) Limited jewelry Neat, professional hairstyle (grab a hair cut a few days before) Trimmed/well groomed facial hair Go easy on the aftershave or cologne (it could over power the interviewer) Neat and clean trimmed nails
AVOID -Wrinkled clothes, scuffed or dirty shoes, chipped nail polish, etc. -Showing too much skin (no shorts, short skirts, or low cut tops) -Wearing clothes that are too tight/clingy or too baggy -Wearing anything that makes noise (avoid charm bracelets, bangles, jangling keys, or fabrics that make a lot of distracting noise when you walk) -Wearing too-casual clothing (no shorts, capris, spaghetti straps, tank tops, flip flops, sandals, or jeans) -Ringing cell phones, they should be turned off or on vibrate at all times -Chewing gum (that will turn any employer right off)
Remember to prep a week before, so you can shop for clothing if you need to. Try different things on at home and see how you feel in them! Once you are comfortable in your interview attire, you will exude confidence to prospective employers. Be sure to Iron and lay the outfit out NOW so it's all set to go when your next interview or job fair arrives!!
If you have any other tips that have worked well for you please share them here!
Good luck : )
We are so excited to announce that the following employers will be at the Cincinnati Works job fair next Tuesday, September 17th!
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