Ask us logo Ask us at the University of Salford

Prepare for recruitment fairs and events

Proper preparation prevents poor performance.  It is important to know how to effectively approach employers and make the right first impression.

Additional CV Review appointments are available for students going to the Careers Fairs 2017/2018. We have appointments in various locations around the campus to fit around your studies. An updated CV could get you the job you want! Book your appointment online.

Take a look at our video on Why attend a careers fair or employability event?

Watch these film clips! Learn the dos and dont's of how to make that first impression count. To help you think about how you should prepare and behave/not behave when communicating with employers please watch these film clips that were created by Salford students, staff and by local employers (These may take a moment to run):

Many employers at recruitment fairs and events may accept a copy of your CV.

Remember to:

  • Bring several copies of your CV with you.
  • If you need to create or update/improve your CV please use our guide to creating a CV.
  • Visit the Careers & Employability at least a week before the fair to get your CV reviewed by a CV Adviser.
  • Give yourself time to make necessary changes to your CV before you make copies and bring them to the fair.
  • You can get your CV reviewed by booking an appointment or by calling 0161 295 0023. Please be aware that during busy periods appointments book up quickly.
  • Examine any available lists of employers that will be offering jobs at the event. Such lists often contain information about the vacancies on offer. You can research these employers in advance of the event so that you know more about the organisation before meeting their representatives.

Application Forms

Employers may hand out application forms to students interested in their vacancies.

Take the forms away and complete them carefully and thoroughly, checking them for mistakes before sending them to employers. Completing an application form in a hurry on the day may make your application look untidy and you may make mistakes. Make sure you get the correct contact details from employers to return application forms.

Questions to ask recruiters and careers fairs

Firstly introduce yourself, state what you are studying and then explain why you wanted to meet that employer. Engage the recruiter by mentioning your employer research i.e. I am aware that your organisation:  

Is or has invested in…

Is passionate about…

Recently achieved an award for your work on…

Launched a new service and/or product…

Merged with…

Opened offices in…

Is working on…project/s

Could you tell me a little more about this and what it means for trends/opportunities/challenges in your company or your sector?

How would you describe your company culture?

What degree disciplines would you like students and graduates to have for opportunities with your company?

What experiences and skills do you look for in students and graduates?

Do you recruit on an on-going basis or at certain times of the year?

What makes a successful application?

What attributes do you like applicants to demonstrate at assessment centres and at interview?

Are there opportunities to gain work shadowing or work experience opportunities?

Is there a possibility to travel or work across teams or at other offices, on your graduate or placement schemes?

Do you offer additional training / qualifications as part of your placement or graduate schemes?

What would a graduate trainee or placement student do in their first year in your company?

What has surprised you or challenged you, in your role at…?

Why do you enjoy working for…?

What aspects of your degree have been useful or have you used, whilst working at…?

Why do you think you were successful in securing a job at…?

What top tips do you have for placement students / graduates applying to…

Do you research social media profiles of applicants?

Would you welcome connection requests via LinkedIn?


Last updated: 27th April 2016 (HB)