The University of Texas at Dallas

Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science


Career Fair/Networking Etiquette

Career Fair/Networking Etiquette

To be successful at a job fair, develop a plan of action which gives you confidence and sets you apart from the crowd. Remember, winning starts in your head, and with your personal capabilities and qualities this will be a positive job search experience.

Helpful Tips to Remember

  • Review the employer information. Review what you can offer.
  • Dress appropriately – Business Casual. No smoking or gum chewing. Avoid heavy cologne and perfume.
  • Have copies of your resume ready.
  • Orient yourself to the facility by locating interviewing, telephone and restroom areas.
  • Observe how people approach the interview tables, and watch the traffic flow in the room.
  • Develop an interview plan which includes taking a break to assure that you will look and feel your best.
  • As you approach the interview table, respect other people's privacy as they complete their interviews.
  • Conduct yourself professionally at all times. Remember that you are on stage even as you stand in line.
  • As you approach the interview table, establish eye contact, present a firm handshake, introduce yourself and explain why you are interested in the company.
  • If the interviewer invites you to sit down, put your materials in your lap or beside your chair on the floor, not the table.
  • Have a three-point agenda: know what you are looking for, what you have to offer and what questions you will ask about the employer.
  • Listen carefully and take conversational cues from the interviewer. Use the interviewer's name and title.
  • Try to generate and maintain interest by smiling, responding to questions with specific and concise examples, keeping your voice lively and in a pleasant tone, using humor appropriately and avoid clichés.
  • Link qualifications (skills, abilities, experience) with the job/employer.
  • Use transition statements to share information about yourself that the interviewer may not have addressed (e.g.: "That's interesting, I had an experience that relates...")
  • Respond truthfully, while always painting a positive picture of yourself.
  • Ask for employer information, application materials and the interviewer's business card.
  • Ask about the hiring process and its time lines, and determine actual and potential openings.
  • At the end of the interview, offer a firm handshake and express your appreciation using the interviewer's name.
  • Walk away with confidence, remembering that you are still on stage.