2. Network, network and network. When you get there, network at every opportunity. You might find yourself naturally drifting towards your friends or a familiar face. But do not become a human barnacle to your friend–no matter how uncomfortable the setting might be. Remember your friend is essentially your competitor for a potential position in this company and the recruiters are watching.
3. Dress professionally! Even better, wear the company colors. Otherwise, wear business attire. For a financial institution, it is important to wear a white or light top and dark bottoms (and a tie for the gents). Ladies, this is an opportunity to look professional, not sexy. So if you are wearing a skirt, make sure they are knee-length or maximum an inch off the knee. Pantyhose are always a good idea. Always.
4. Come prepared. Give them a reason to speak to you. Research the company so you have something to talk about with recruiters.
5. Wear your nametag on the right-hand side (if you are right-handed, or left, if you are left-handed). When you go to give a firm handshake, you bring your nametag forward for the person to see.
6. Be mindful of others. When you are speaking with a recruiter in a group, let others speak too. Do not be a recruiter-hog—others will be cognizant of your behavior at the next recruitment event. And if someone joins the group, open the space up. This will reflect better on your professionalism and character.
7. Leave your resume at home (unless they ask for you to bring one). This is the 21st century. Most companies prefer an electronic copy. And it helps to save trees!
8. Try to remember names. This is also important for any “thank-you” notes you should be sending the following day.
9. There is such thing as a stupid question. This is called a repeated question. If they have gone over your question during their presentation, try not to ask these again because it will most likely be noted.
10. Business cards. Bring them (and in a card holder)! Try to exchange them naturally. In other words, if someone else is giving one to a recruiter, do not see this as your only opportunity to slip one to them. Let it come natural, after a conversation to make them want your card.
Diana is a full-time SFU Beedie MBA Student with an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. She has a passion for wine and travelling. She is the VP Finance for the Graduate Business Student Association. Connect with Diana on LinkedIn or at firstname.lastname@example.org.