Summer Graduate Fair, ExCel London, 15 - 16 June, 11am - 4pm each day
Avoid common mistakes
The biggest complaint we get from exhibitors is that visitors turn up and don’t know anything about the companies they approach. It shows a lack of interest. Remember the exhibitors have the vacancies so you need to make them want you and demonstrate you are motivated and enthusiastic.
Make sure you complete the matching compatibility, that way you will be sent a list of the exhibitors relevant to you. Then research them, either online or talk to your careers team at university or other contacts.
Don’t be nervous
The fairs are relaxed and informal, so you don’t need to be nervous – but remember informal and relaxed at university and at work can be very different. If you do get nervous practice speaking to some of the recruitment agency exhibitors, they will help you and will share their recruitment tips. Remember, employers will be assessing how you react under pressure so you don’t want to speak to your first choice employer if you are too nervous.
Make a good impression
Everyone working on the stands will be part of the recruitment process so you want to make a good impression with every member of the team. People make recruitment decisions very quickly. Create a good impression – bad manners, slang and body language can all give the wrong impression. A good confident manner and a professional approach is best, practice an introduction or ice breaker questions.
Don’t mention money
Never mention specific salary expectations unless you are asked. If you are a successful candidate and your application is followed up there will be an opportunity to ask about salary and benefits.