// 4 Types of Questions to Ask at a Career Fair

It is almost time for CIUK's first Career Fair of the year! Going to these fairs well prepared is key. A good question goes a long way and it can make your prospective employer interested in you and could quite possibly help you land a job interview. We have prepared 4 types of question that is useful to have in your repertoire.

Questions About The Prospective Candidate

These questions are designed to give you an advantage and to find what the recruiters are looking for in a successful candidate. Make sure to phrase your questions in a way in which it gives a chance to the representative to answer with a positive reflection on their employees and refrain from asking about negative experiences.

For example:

What kinds of skills and experience do you look for in the employees you hire?

What are the characteristics of your most successful employees?

Are graduate degrees important to advancing within your organization? If so, which ones?

Questions About The Hiring Process

Asking these questions will give you the opportunity to understand the hiring process better and to prepare you for the procedure of the interview and feedback. Make sure you phrase your questions in a professional way and try to avoid sloppy phrasing or being over-anxious about applying to the company.

For example:

Does your company hire on a continual basis or just at certain times of the year?

How long does the hiring process take? What does it consist of?

What percent of applicants are eventually hired?

What is the most important thing you are looking for in an application?

Questions About The Company

It is of utmost importance that you ask questions regarding the company or organization itself. Make sure you have properly researched the firm beforehand to avoid sounding unprepared while also trying to learn some things which you would not necessarily read on the company website. When contemplating on applying, ensure that the role fits your needs and expectations. 

These questions are designed to help you understand the inner workings of the company better.

For example:

What is your organization’s culture like?

For how many years does the typical employee stay with the company?

Are there opportunities for ongoing training through your organization?

Do you expect your employees to relocate? How much travel is involved?

Questions About The Recruiter’s Career

Do not be afraid to inquire about the recruiter’s personal experience within the company. These people are placed there because they are wishing to give you an accurate representation of the organization which includes their encounters as an employer/employee. However, refrain from being overtly personal and stick to the professional life of the ambassador.

For example:

What made you choose this company and why do you stay?

How long have you been with the company?

How would you describe your experience as an employer/employee?

We hope these questions will help you get the most out of the Career Fairs and be sure to take notes of the answers for future reference. 


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