How to Prepare for a Career Fair

Reasons to Attend a Career Fair with Graduate and Professional School Representatives

  • Explore the possibilities of graduate and professional education.
  • Meet with admission representatives and learn more about the requirements for each program.
  • Gain detailed information about various schools and programs.
  • Gather material you can use for later review. 

Reasons to Attend a Career Fair with Employer Representatives

  • Explore internship opportunities.
  • Meet with representatives and learn more about the requirements of positions.  
  • Network, network, and network!
  • Gain detailed information regarding employment opportunities.
  • Gather material you can use for later review.

What To Expect at the Fair

  • Receive a booklet at the entrance of the fair, which includes a list of schools and programs represented and a table map.
  • Volunteers will be wearing name tags and will be available if you have any questions.
  • At the end of the fair, you will receive an evaluation form. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the evaluation to assist Career Services in planning next year's event.

Tips for Attending the Fair

  • Research employers regarding internships and employment opportunities.
  • Research the schools and programs represented ahead of time. 
  • Rank the schools according to your preference. Visit the schools you are most interested in first.
  • Prepare questions to ask the representatives ahead of time.
  • Prepare answers for questions representatives might ask you, i.e. Why do you want to attend graduate school? When? What would you like to do with this degree?
  • Dress professionally. Remember, you still want to make a good first impression.
  • Give yourself plenty of time. Arrive early and take a few minutes to review the table map.

Sample questions to ask a Graduate or Professional School Representative  

  1. What are the admission requirements (GPA, undergraduate coursework, entrance exams, experience, interview, etc.)?
  2. What is the average entrance exam score and GPA of students who are accepted?
  3. When is the application deadline?
  4. Is there an early admission deadline?
  5. What is the application process/timeline (application materials, interview)?
  6. Are students admitted in both the fall and spring semesters?
  7. How much does the program cost (tuition, student fees, housing)?
  8. What types of financial aid are available (fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, loans)?
  9. How long is the program?
  10. Will I gain clinical/field experience or complete a practicum as part of the program?
  11. How much choice will I have about where I do my practicum/field experience?
  12. What is the location and size of the institution?
  13. Could you tell me more about the facilities (labs, lecture rooms, etc.)?
  14. Could you tell me more about student life on campus (diversity of the students, student organizations, housing, campus support services)?
  15. How many faculty members are there and what are their areas of research?
  16. Is there anything unique about your program?
  17. How important is it for applicants to have extracurricular activities, volunteer and/or work experience?
  18. Are there any recommended courses in addition to the stated pre-requisites?
  19. Do you provide joint degrees (M.D./Ph.D., J.D./MBA)?
  20. Where are graduates of the program employed?
  21. What percentage of graduates are employed in a relevant field within 6 months/ 1 year of graduation?
  22. Do you have open houses or information sessions?
  23. Would it be possible for me to arrange a campus visit in which I could meet with admissions representatives, current students, and faculty?
  24. Is it possible to work full-time and complete the degree as a part-time student?
  25. Is a thesis, dissertation, or comprehensive examination(s) required for completion of the degree?
  26. Will I be able to take electives to pursue other areas of interest?
  27. Will completion of the program meet the educational requirements for licensure or certification needed to enter a particular occupation?
  28. What is the projected size of the entering class?
  29. Do you reserve spots for in-state residents?
  30. Does your program offer any programs for underrepresented minority students?
  31. How diverse is the class and/or institution?
  32. May I contact you if I have additional questions (business card)?