Career Fairs and Interviews are becoming increasingly common. Follow this page to help you prepare for your next virtual interview or job fair!
A virtual career fair has many similar elements as in-person fairs. Some virtual fairs may allow you to speak with employers one-on-one, others may be a series of mini info sessions. All of which have the same goal: to recruit high-level talent and fill open roles! No matter what type of virtual fair you are attending, it is very important to prepare for these fairs, make a good first impression and maintain a professional relationship.
Review our job fair prep playlist to help you become job fair ready!
Our virtual fair guide (below) details tips, advice and additional resources for virtual fairs.
Take time to research the companies that you are interested in working with. When doing your research focus on the following: who the employer is, their mission, open positions (PT, FT, Internships) and current projects. The more knowledge you have about the company, the greater your success will be in the virtual fair process!
It is just as important to prepare for a virtual fair than it is preparing for an in-person fair. You should be preparing your elevator pitch and resume for the fair.
You should be preparing your elevator pitch and resume for the fair.
Networking, or developing meaningful relationships, will help you enormously in your job search.
The recruiters you meet at a virtual fair are great to add to your network! Follow these steps to ensure you give a first impression to recruiters.
In order to land the job, you generally will need to apply via the employer website; however, remember that the goal is to get a referral to a job, which will yield the greatest result. After applying for roles, let the recruiter know you applied via email (this can go in your thank you email).
Remember, the resume and initial pitch gets you the interview and the interview gets you the job! Do not underestimate the power of practicing answers to questions before the interview. Use our Interview Preparation
to help you practice.
Videos to make a great impression at job fairs
In-Person Job Fair/Interview Tips (most can be helpful for virtual)
Virtual interviews are becoming more common. There are two different types: asynchronous and synchronous. An asynchronous interview, or a pre-recorded interview, is when you answer prompted questions - you usually have a few days to do this. Some softwares used include HireVue and TopPick. Synchronous interviews are when you interview with a member of the HR team in real-time, this may be on Zoom or Google Meet. Essentially the expectations and recommendations to prepare are not different than in-person interviews. Below we have compiled recommendations based on recruiter's tips from the Brooklyn Navy Yard as well as our own.
BEFORE THE INTERVIEW
DURING THE INTERVIEW
AFTER THE INTERVIEW
Pre-Recorded Interview Articles/Videos
In-Person Interview Tips (most can be helpful for virtual)