7 Best Questions To Ask at a Career Fair


What is one question to ask at a career fair?

To help job seekers get the best information out of career fairs, we asked recruiters and business leaders this question for their best advice. From asking detailed questions about specific job roles to enquiring about applicants who don’t have experience, there are several questions that you may ask at career fairs to help you make informed decisions about which jobs to apply for.

Here are the seven best questions to ask at a career fair:

  • Ask Detailed Questions About Specific Job Roles
  • Seek To Know About The Company Culture
  • When Did You Realize Your Job Was The Right One?
  • What’s The Best Way For Me to Follow Up?
  • What’s The Salary?
  • Find Out About Career and Skill Development
  • How Do You Approach Applicants Who Don’t Have Any Experience Yet?


Ask Detailed Questions About Specific Job Roles

Take some time to review the companies and organizations at the fair ahead of time and do a few searches to scope out specific roles they have listed on their website. You can follow up by asking the representatives detailed questions about specific roles that are available. This approach can help you skip over companies that may not have roles suited to your skills and interest and will also be a more efficient way to get information from company representatives.

Anna Caldwell, Beyond Finance

Seek To Know About The Company Culture

Most companies with representatives at a career fair expect to be asked for their business cards or about the hiring process. They don’t necessarily expect more thoughtful questions, such as what their company culture is like. Asking about company culture is a great way to stand out to potential employers at a job fair, rather than coming at them with a standard list of questions. This is a great way to start a genuine conversation with the company’s representatives.

Jon Schneider, Recruiterie

When Did You Realize Your Job Was The Right One?

The truth is, everyone loves talking about themselves, including company representatives at job fairs. Thus, such a question should be received really well. Moreover, the way they answer this question can tell you a lot about whether they genuinely love the company and enjoy working there. It can give a deeper insight into the positives of working in this particular place and help you understand if the company is worth joining. Even if you are looking for your first job, it’s essential to remember: it’s not only the company that chooses you, you are also choosing them. So, allow them to help you make the decision by asking the questions that matter.

Maryia Fokina, Tidio

What’s The Best Way For Me to Follow Up?

At a career fair the recruiters and company representatives are having a lot of conversations with a lot of people. Their job is to find as many candidates as possible while they’re there, so during your conversation you should ask, “What’s the best way for me to follow up?” That question will give you insights into their timeline, and may give you ideas of how to stand out. Instead of leaving it in their hands, make sure you set yourself apart by figuring out the best way to follow up after the event. Then go back and do it!

Logan Mallory, Motivosity

What’s The Salary?

Whether you’re at a career or job fair, you are there for one reason: to find a new or better employment than what you currently have. You will probably speak to dozens of reps and recruiters will go over all the benefits of working with them. When looking for jobs these days, or maybe just trying to advance in your field, the question I suggest asking is the same one: what’s the salary? 

Since the great resignation took place in the last 2 years, people have more job opportunities than ever, so you should take the chance and ask important questions. Additionally, you should not be wasting your time speaking to HR or hiring rep if the salary is not within your desired range. Get that out of the way, as soon as you can.

Andrei Vasilescu, DontPayFull

Find Out About Career and Skill Development

At a career fair, ask for examples of how the company supports career and skill development. Do they pay for memberships in professional organizations and to attend industry conferences? What areas are employees able to cross-train? Also ask about their promotion and transfer policies — is there a minimum number of months that you must be in your position before being promoted or transferring within the organization?

Scott Baker, Stage 3 Leadership

How Do You Approach Applicants Who Don’t Have Any Experience Yet? 

One question that should be asked at the career fair is how the company approaches and evaluates candidates with no or low job experience. The question is particularly important when you are a student, a new graduate, or simply changing your profession or industry, and you haven’t had the opportunity to develop some skills yet. With this question, you discover what your options are and how your career path may develop.

For sure, you find out something about the internship or training programs the company offers. Or maybe they offer positions that require no experience at all. And even if they don’t hire applicants without experience, you can use the company as a resource and ask for some tips. The representative of the company knows the market and certainly provides you with some advice, and perhaps recommends a competition that has nothing against hiring without experience.

Nina Paczka, Resume Now

If you’re looking for the next career fair to attend, consider these job fairs in Austin, Dallas, and Houston!

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