Career fairs are typically all-day affairs bustling with hopeful candidates and recruiting managers looking to align their interests. Because students attend these events between classes, they tend to be busiest during the middle part of the day.
Attending earlier in the morning and later in the afternoon may allow for a bit more one-to-one time with company staff. While events vary, most allow students to stand in line and meet the recruiting managers of companies they are interested in working for. Students usually introduce themselves when it is their turn, provide a 60-second elevator pitch, and give the recruiter with a copy of their resume.
Depending on how the event is set up, some companies may conduct short five to 10-minute screening interviews to help determine if a student should be offered a longer, more substantial interview at the company’s office. Depending on the number of recruiters in attendance, students interested in lots of different companies can easily spend a whole day meeting with prospective employers.