The largest career fair for business administration, economics and IT students in the Nordic region – eee2017 – is around the corner. Here's how to prepare.
The eee-days is an annual event at Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM) held by the student union Lundaekonomerna. It’s also the largest career fair for business administration, economics and IT students in the Nordic region. eee2017 is the 33rd edition of the eee-days with 75 exhibiting companies and 4000 visiting students.
Anna Månsson from the LUSEM Career Services share her tips to get the most out of the career fair.
Before the fair
There will be a lot of employers at the career fair. You will neither have the time, the opportunity or the energy to talk to all of them. Create a strategy for how you want to tackle eee2017 and get the most out of it:
Do your homework
Read up on which companies will be participating and create a list of the ones you really want to talk to during the career fair.
All companies will not be there both days of the career fair, so make sure you find out which employers will be there on which day.
Think about when will be a good time to talk to the companies. You may want to avoid the time slots when it will be the busiest (e.g. when you have breaks from class). Also, the company representatives might not be at their best just around lunchtime or at the very end of the day (hungry/tired).
Prepare an elevator pitch
Prepare an "elevator pitch". It’s the 30-second speech that summarizes who you are, what you do and why you’d be a perfect candidate. Identify your goal - what is the objective of your pitch? Explain what you do - focus on the problems you solve and how you help people. Communicate your unique selling point (USP) – identify what makes you unique. Put it all together - read it out loud and time it. It should take no longer than 20-30 seconds. Practice! The more you practice the more natural you pitch will become.
Practice your body language!
Although job fair attendees are sometimes crowded shoulder to shoulder, professional recruiters and hiring managers still may observe non-verbal body language.
- Leaning back is lazy or arrogant, leaning forward is aggressive and slouching is just lazy. Instead, experts say to aim for a neutral position.
- Avoid crossing your arms in front of you, it signals defensiveness and resistance.
- Stop fidgeting!
- Avoid ”shifty eyes”. Eye contact is important to convey confidence and certainty.
How to prepare for the interview
Did you apply for – and got selected to – one of the career interviews during eee2017? Have this in mind:
- Find out as much as you can about the company
- Update yourself on the job ad (if there is one)
- Update your CV and cover letter before the interview
- Think about what you really want to emphasize
- Prepare questions to ask
- Body language!
- Be honest!
- Can you provide good examples? “Your past behaviour can indicate your future performance”
During the fair
During the career fair, don't forget to:
- Have your “elevator pitch” ready
- Have questions prepared that you want to ask the employers
- Make sure you introduce yourself properly and shake the employers hands when you introduce yourself
- Collect business cards