Career Fair Tips
This post was written by Dora, University Recruiting Coordinator.
Our University Recruiting team recently went out to the University of Washington’s annual Winter Career Fair for Computer Science. We had a great turnout and met some talented students who completed our coding challenge. We partnered with our University Recruiting team to put together some tips when attending career fairs and what stands out when we’re meeting with students.
What’s a good way to present myself if I lack in technical experience, but have the desire to learn through an internship? (resume, elevator pitch, etc.)
That can definitely be tough. Even though a student might not have a prior internship or much technical experience, applicants that have gotten my attention all have a couple things in common:
- – They express excitement and desire to learn when I’m talking to them. It’s okay to admit that you don’t have a lot of experience. But you always have examples of times when you’ve been an eager learner and can learn quickly.
- – They’ve done research about the company specifically. This shows they are actively excited about the company outside of the career fair. Since they’ve done their research, they don’t need to ask the basic questions and can use the time to ask more in-depth questions about the internship program, role, what projects they can expect to work on, etc.
What questions really gain the attention of a recruiter?
Questions about a recruiter’s personal experience at the company are all great questions to ask. This includes whether it be a cultural fit, their favorite/least favorite aspect of working at the company, or “how did they know [X] company was the right fit for them?” It shows that you’re not only thinking about applying to “just another job” but that you’re expressing genuine interest in how you would fit into the company as well.
Our University Recruiting team is actively hiring interns and new grads for our teams. If you’re interested in joining our team, check out our Careers page for opportunities.