Similar to a company research prior to an interview, but can be less detailed
Make sure to check if they’re hiring your area of study (ex. chevron could be hiring an accounting intern only, not engineering; if you didn’t do research you would be wasting your time)
If you didn’t have time before the career fair, USE YOUR PHONE! THE INTERNET! see what companies there are, stand aside, do a quick research before you approach them!
Guys: don’t have to wear a suit but please wear a tie!
Ladies: again, nothing too revealing, shoes that you can walk in, a nice blouse and pants will do
Keep it short, similar to an elevator pitch
Firm handshake and always ask for their name
Approach recruiter with enthusiasm!
Hand resume either at the beginning or at the end
At the beginning: don’t start off with handing off your resume. introduce yourself (elevator pitch), and then tell them what you are interested in (if you know what they’re hiring) then ask “would you like a copy of my resume?”
At the end: can use your resume to exchange for their contact info
What to talk about?
Absolutely do not ask “what does your company do?”
This irritates recruits since you should’ve done your research!
Instead, be more specific: ask about specific duties of a certain department that you are interested in, career growth, company culture, etc.
Chat about the company and yourself before asking the question “what positions do you have open?” similar to the idea how you don’t start off a date saying “do you want to go home with me tonight?”