Questions You Can Ask at a Careers Fair - By Jia Gu

Career fairs are an important part of your job search in college. You may have prepared a lot about your resumes, outfit, and introduction skills for a job fair, but do not forget to make sure you have a list ready when the recruiter asks, "Do you have any questions for me?". This is your opportunity to find out more about the hiring process, the opportunities available, and what is like to work at the company.

1. The possible career path in the organization

Some organizations at career fairs have several well-defined career paths while others might be more flexible. If you know you want to go into management or gain a professional qualification, this is how you can find out how well your goals fit what the company offers.

2. Hiring process for college hires

Waiting is part of the job search process, but recruiters can give you estimates to remove some of the uncertainty. How long will it be before you hear about the next step? When should you send a follow-up to your application? It's easier to be patient when you know what is going on. In addition, some organizations hire throughout the school year while others send out all their offers after attending several career fairs. You can also ask the HR to know about the date you may get the offer.

3. Training or mentoring program in the company

Your first job after college is just the first step in your career. Show recruiters that you are interested in long-term professional growth through formal training and mentoring. The answer to this question can be helpful if you get multiple job offers and need to choose the best opportunity.

4. The manager we report to and the office culture

Use your best judgment on this question. If you are talking to someone from a large company, it may be better to ask this later in the hiring process. It's a good question for small employers where the recruiter probably works in the same building and knows the people you may be working with.

5. Working location

If you are talking to a recruiter from a company with multiple offices throughout the country (or world), then you will want to know where you will be likely to start. Some companies move employees frequently during the first few years to maximize their exposure to different ideas and teams.

6. Typical work week of a new college hire. Work-life balance and travel

The typical work week at a company varies widely. Some businesses baptize new hires by fire to see if they can cope with short deadlines and extensive overtime. Others might bring you along slowly. A heavy travel schedule can dramatically increase your work hours. The more you know about the work environment, the better choice you can make.

7. How to improve the possibility to get an intern offer

If you think you are a good match for a company, then ask the recruiter how to maximize your chances of getting a job offer. She may advise you to apply for several positions or make changes to your resume. Don't be disappointed if a recruiter doesn't give you a specific action, but it's worth asking the question to see if what advice they offer.

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