Job Fair Preparation

MOSAIC’s Job Fair allows job seekers to network with recruiters from many companies and many different sectors. It also provides a unique opportunity for candidates to “interview” with selected companies (which might not otherwise happen if your resume alone doesn’t stand out enough to warrant an interview request).

How you conduct yourself during your job interview may well be a determining factor in whether you get the job you want.

Attend a workshop!

For expert advice on interview techniques and job fair preparation, register for a workshop by sending an email to jobfair@mosaicbc.org


Thursday, April 5th (2-4pm)
Vancouver Public Library
350 West Georgia St. Vancouver
Alma van Dusen & Peter Kaye Room, Lower Level
Click here to register!

Start here!

To maximize the opportunities – and your time – at the job fair, do the following preparation:

  • Determine which of the businesses at MOSAIC’s Job Fair match your career objectives and make a list of your target employers based on their needs, and your skills and interests.
  • Find out about position requirements and company culture. This research will help you determine if the company is a good match for you
  • Use your research to prepare a few questions that you would like to ask. Stand out from the crowd by asking smart, thoughtful questions and don’t ask questions where answers are readily available online. Keep your questions brief
  • Prepare your resume and make sure you have plenty of copies ready. You may need to prepare different versions of your resume so that it is tailored to specific employers or specific positions
  • Apply online before the job fair and reference your application when you meet with the recruiter
  • Prepare a 30 second version of your self-introductory “pitch” as you will likely only get a few minutes to meet with the recruiter

First impressions matter!

A first impression is formed within seconds and can have a direct impact on your success in finding a job. Your appearance, body language and communication are all elements of the image you present. Are you projecting the image of a competent, confident, trustworthy and approachable person?

Most interviewers make their decision about a candidate within minutes!

Think about how you may come across to others and how you can improve on that first impression.

  • Analyze your appearance: Do your clothes and personal appearance project an appropriate image for the position you’re applying for? Consider the workplace environment – is it a formal, or more casual setting?
  • Fine-tune your verbal communications skills: Show good manners by being courteous and attentive. Speak clearly, concisely and don’t rush your words. Practice this in your daily interactions until this feels comfortable.
  • Be positive, open and confident: Stand tall, make eye contact and greet others with a firm handshake and a friendly demeanor. Focus on the interviewer(s) and don’t be distracted by your nerves or your surroundings.

“Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?”

This question comes up in most interviews, whether it’s phrased exactly this way, or in some other way. Recruiters want to hear what you have to say about yourself and the way you respond reveals a lot about you and contributes to the overall first impressions.

You would think this question is simple to answer, since we know ourselves quite well, but often, we stumble over how much to say, what to say, and how to say it.

Your self-introduction should be a concise and well-presented message that quickly provides enough information about you to pique the listener’s interest. Although you want your pitch to sound spontaneous, it is very important to prepare and present yourself in a credible and professional manner.

Within a 30-60 second pitch, you need to include information about your:

  • Professional background, including work experience and interests that are specific to your career goals
  • Expertise, specialized skills and top accomplishments
  • Aspirations related to your career and professional development
  • Expectations regarding what you are looking for and what you have to offer

Make your pitch easy to listen to and to understand. Use plain language and ensure that it answers these three critical questions: Who are you? What are you looking for? What do you have to offer the employer?

You will want to specify your skills and experience, and speak about your accomplishments, but don’t brag! Practice your pitch until it sounds conversational and authentic. Record it and listen carefully – change anything that doesn’t sound natural, or that you have difficulty with. Try it out on family and friends and ask for feedback. And keep practicing until it sounds natural!

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