How to talk to recruiters at a career fair

A scene from the 2019 Devex Global Development Career Forum. Photo by: Armando Gallardo / Devex

It can be difficult to know how to start a conversation with a recruiter at a career fair and strike that balance between information gathering and marketing yourself — should you wait for the recruiter to ask questions? Or should you take the lead and tell them about yourself and your qualifications?

As a job seeker, the aim of these events is both to gather insights about an organization or job and to share information about yourself, demonstrating your interest or fit. In talking to recruiters, however, you don’t want to seem too rehearsed or overload them with information.

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    Emma Smith

    Emma Smith is a Senior Careers Reporter at Devex, based in Barcelona. She focuses on bringing the latest career and hiring trends, tips, and insights to our global development community. Emma has a background in journalism and, in addition to writing for news publications, has worked with organizations focusing on child rights and women’s rights in sustainable development.