How to Prepare
- DO YOUR RESEARCH
- Attend preparation workshops - there are many to choose from!
- HMA will host a Destinations Workshop to discuss resumes, interviewing, wardrobe, follow-ups, etc.
- Make sure your resume is current and has been reviewed
- Attend the panel discussions and recruiter reception
What to Wear
What to Bring
Professional attire! Invest in a padfolio, they have several choices at the bookstores starting as low as $8. Bring along your resume (make sure to have multiples) and business cards (we recommend vistaprint.com!). Since we all get a little nervous sometimes, it can be helpful to have a list of questions or key points you want to go over with recruiters in the event that you get to the fair and freeze up a little bit- it's good to have a reference! Know what your day looks like for Friday in the case that you are asked to interview on-campus. And last but not least, bring your smile - it's a must!
Day of Destinations
When you arrive at the Owens Banquet Hall at Virginia Tech, check in using your Hokie Passport at the student registration table located outside the ballroom. Be sure to pick up a recruiter map and familiarize yourself with the locations of your desired companies. Now take a minute to organize yourself. Make up a route of the companies you want to speak to, starting with a company you do not have your heart set on, working your way up to your absolute favorite company.
Follow up is key - it could be the reason you do or don't get hired. Make sure you get in contact with your favorite companies shortly after you speak to them. If you have an interview the next day, afterwards, make sure to send them a quick "Thank you for your time. I look forward to hearing from you soon" email. If your company is not interviewing on campus, make sure to send a follow up email after the career fair that reminds them of who you are, how you are interested in their available positions and are eager to participate in the next step of their hiring process.