Pre-event preparation

1. Prepare for a fair | know what to do there
Tip: DON'T walk up to an employer booth and ask "what does your company do?" This is a serious DON'T!

2. Research attending employers before the fair:

ALERT: Employers attending subject to change through event date, beyond control of Career & Professional Development.

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3. Interview prep: You might be offered next-day interviewing opportunities. Be ready!

Job fair day details for students

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Squires Student Center 

Attire: Business casual

When to arrive:
9:30 am  |   Student backpack/bag drop off and fair check-in opens

ALERT for afternoon arrivers: Not all employers will stay until the fair end time.
This is beyond the control of Career and Professional Development.

Where to enter and arrive in Squires:
IF YOU HAVE A BAG/BACKPACK:
  You must enter Squires 1st floor for bag check at BreakZONE.
  Bags/backpacks/purses cannot be carried into the job fair.
  To avoid bag check, bring and carry essentials only: padfolio with resume copies, cell phone, keys, etc.
AFTER BAG-CHECK OR IF YOU DIDN'T BRING A BAG:
  Come to student check-in outside Commonwealth Ballroom, 2nd floor.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm  |  Job fair open to students

ALERT REPEATED:
Some employers may depart early due to travel schedules. 
This is beyond the control of Career and Professional Development.

Visit our handshake booth next to student check-in!
Student quote: "Dear Career center, I just wanted to say thank you for your help at the Connection job fair. I was nervous before coming, and saw your "handshake booth" when I arrived, and figured, why not stop there. The advisor at the booth was so helpful — she not only had me practice my handshake, but also my elevator pitch, and gave me feedback after the first try. I tried again, using her suggestions, and had my intro down perfectly! It really gave me the confidence to talk to employers knowing in advance what to say in a concise and valuable manner. Thank you to the advisors who helped me today, and to Career & Professional Development! I really appreciate it! Sincerely, [VT student]

How to arrange next-day interviews

  • Talk with employers during the job fair on Tuesday.
  • Some employers will stay for next-day interviews; some won't. 
  • It's perfectly okay for you to ask employers if, when, and how they plan to conduct interviews.
  • Some employers interview through the On-Campus Interviewing Program, so their interview date occurs later [OCI runs for 10 weeks of fall semester and 8 weeks of spring semester]. OCI is separate and different from the job fair interview process.
  • Each employer decides whom to interview.
  • During the job fair or later that evening, employers will set up their interview schedules by inviting students to interview.
  • Be prompt in checking and responding to messages; this is a tight turn-around for scheduling!
  • The employer should tell you the building location for the interview; Squires OR Smith Career Center. You'll check in at the building, so you don't need to know a room or booth number, just the building.
  • Once you commit to an interview, you are commiting to attend. No-showing is unacceptable!
    Read: Cancellation & missed interview policy for students

Interview day details for students

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Squires Student Center OR Smith Career Center
The employer should tell you the building location for the interview (no room/table number is necessary).
Attire:
Interview attire & appearance

When to arrive:
8:00am for 8:30am interviews.
At least 15 mins prior to all other interview start times.

Where to check in:
Squires:  outside Commonwealth Ballroom.
Smith Career Center: SCC second floor.

No-showing is unacceptable!
Cancellation & missed interview policy for students

Thank-you letters | follow-up

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Contact for questions

Career & Professional Development at Virginia Tech
(540) 231-6241
cpd@vt.edu