Tips for Employers at Career Fairs

Here are some do’s and don’ts that we’ve gathered, based on feedback from students who have attended past fairs and expos.

Do’s for Recruiters:

  • Stand in front of your table and invite students to talk with you
  • Smile and greet students to make them feel welcomed – shake their hand, introduce yourself and ask for their name
  • If you are an NDSU Alumnus, let the student know – it creates a sense of comfort and familiarity
  • Take the student’s resume and provide feedback
  • Look interested and engaged while the student is talking – ask follow-up questions to show that you are listening
  • Take the time to fully explain your company and the opportunities that you have available
  • Wait until the fair has ended to begin tearing down your display
  • Have fun!

Don’ts for Recruiters:

  • Sit behind your table – it creates a barrier
  • Tell students to simply apply online without giving them some feedback, as they are at the fair to talk to you

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For questions, please contact the NDSU Career and Advising Center at 701.231.7111 or at