Attending a career fair? Here’s some good questions to ask

Ever get to an interview or job fair and not know what questions to ask? Would-be employers love questions and it really shows enthusiasm on the part of the candidate. Here’s some suggestions:

  • How does one enter this field? How did you enter it? What are typical entry-level jobs?
  • What skills are important for this work?
  • What are the most relevant majors for this work?
  • What are the prospects for this work in our area? What are the prospects elsewhere?
  • What are the education/training requirements?
  • Do you have any advice for someone who is interested in working in the field?
  • Do you know of anyone else I should be contacting to learn more about this work?Can you suggest materials I should read to learn more about it?
  • Do you hire students for the summer (or co-op work terms)?
  • When and how do you advertise those positions?
  • Could you suggest any volunteer work that might help me get some experience in this area?
  • What kinds of positions will you be recruiting for, and from which academic backgrounds?
  • How important is having related summer work?
  • Would I need more than an undergraduate degree for employment or advancement?
  • What is the culture of your workplace?
  • How is the company responding to (a current event)?
  • What do you like most about your work? What are the biggest challenges?

Source: UVic coop education

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