Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Career Fair this past week. But, a few guys from my house got to go. Here’s an interview with Tyler about his hands-on experience:
Q: Was this your first time attending the Career Fair?
Q: How was your experience?
A: It went a lot better than I thought! I ended up getting interviews with three companies, which I wasn’t expecting because I’m a Sophomore.
Q: How did your follow-up interviews go?
A: I’ve had one so far; I made it to the second round of interviews, so I’m really excited about it. I’ve got two next week, and one’s a phone interview. I’m kind of nervous about it because I’ve never done a phone interview before, and I don’t know how I’m going to convince this company that I deserve the job without meeting with them face-to-face.
Q: Tell me more about the Career Fair.
A: It was a great opportunity for me to learn more about companies that recruit K-Staters: what their business is about and what they look for in potential employees and interns. It was held in Bramlage Coliseum, where the Cats play basketball. There were lots of tables set up for all the companies with very official looking people behind them. It’s actually somewhat intimidating. I’m a talkative guy though, so I didn’t find it difficult to walk up to a table and introduce myself. After that, we would start talking and it went on from there.
Q: Do you have any recommendations for future attendees of the Career Fair?
A: First, perfect your resumé. You have to talk to the company representatives and make a good impression, but then you leave your resumé with them. You want to make sure that it gives them a good idea of who you are personally and professionally. Also, get familiar with companies that you’re really interested in; it makes the conversation flow easier if you know what the company is up to, their latest move, what projects they’re working on, etc. Lastly, dress professionally! There are a lot of other people out there going for the same jobs that you are. I saw a guy walking around in jeans out there… Don’t be that guy!
Q: Is there anything else you want to say about the Career Fair?
A: It’s cool because I figured out that companies are looking for all sorts of people for different reasons. For example, I talked to a meat company and thought, “what would they want with a Business Major?” But every company has an HR department, customer relations, and sales teams, and that’s right up my alley! I was very pleased to hear that.
As you can see, the Career Fair is a great opportunity that K-State provides for the students. I can’t wait to go next year!