So, last week I briefly skimmed over the idea of the job fair. The elusive holy grail of the job hunt. Let’s recap:
• A job fair is a great way to almost always guarantee an interview
• Difficult to find unless you’re looking out for them constantly
Anyway, I’m sure not every job fair is the same, so I’ll do my best to generalize the whole event, but at the same time remember that this is based on my experiences.
This particular company requires that you register online previous to any interview opportunities. I didn’t know that this would be required for the fair so I was lucky enough to have already registered and applied at other locations online. So, step 1 of the job fair: make sure you are registered online ahead of time if that is a requirement. If you don’t know then ask a current employee or see if there is a contact that you can phone/e-mail.
Like pretty much every job interview I’ve had up to date, I had no clue what to expect with a job fair, so I prepared for everything. For example, just because it is a job ‘fair’ does not mean it is all cotton candy and clowns. This does not give you any reason not to dress up for the interview. Research what the dress code of the company might be. If all else fails, avoid jeans at all costs! (Only if it’s for a retail position where you’d be wearing jeans on the job is it acceptable.) So, step 2, dress for success.
In my case there was a sign-up counter for the event. Essentially this was just to make sure they had my contact information and then to pair me up with an interviewer based on the position I was applying for. I arrived to discover they were hiring for positions I knew I would not be considered for, so when I went to sign in I asked if it would be possible to be interviewed for the entry level position in the establishment. They were happy to oblige and I had my instant interview! Step 3, ask questions. They’ll open doors.
The interview proceeded like any other interview might. Questions about past job experiences, work ethic etc. Dress code was outlined and I was given an opportunity for questions. The only difference was we were in a room with 3 other interviews going on and I could hear echoes of the questions asked to me going on all around. Step 4, don’t let the setting throw you. It may be a little less formal than usual, but in the end it is still an interview.
Essentially, if you just use common sense you’ll be fine. A job fair is basically just another way of saying interview. Relax, be yourself, AND DON’T WEAR JEANS! You’ll be fine.
Anyway, not very many changes on the front lines of the job hunt. I did have quite the ironic experience filling out an application at a store that pretty much sells irony in the form of clothing, but that’s about it. Happy reading week to those of you that have the week off! I personally started my week of partying with a nice, relaxing Saturday of, wait for it…work. A whole Saturday morning spent in the office when I could’ve been spending it with my friends that are away at school. Or sleeping. Oh well, I’ll just look at it as a way to fund what appears to be a pretty pricey week of social events. Cheers!