Recruiting conferences can be daunting, especially if you are a first-time attendee. The key to having a successful conference is by preparing long before you step in the door. Check out these five tips from conference veterans to feel confident and ready to rock your meetings on conference day.
Read through the recruiting conference’s website to familiarize yourself with attending companies. Think about which companies you are most interested in and rank them in tiers. On conference day, get to your top tier companies first and then work through the rest of your list.
Ideally, you should apply to the companies you’re interested in two to three weeks before the conference. Keep in mind that interview invites are often extended on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the better.
Think about if there is anyone you know at the company and connect with them before the conference to learn more about working there.
Another place to start is the MBA program pages on the sites of the companies you are interested in. Sometimes, recruiting contacts are listed and you can let them know you are interested before the conference.
And don’t forget to use your school’s alumni directory to find past graduates who are working at the companies you are interested in now and reach out to them.
Be able to answer these questions: Why this company? Why this role? What would you get out of the program? What skills do you bring to the table?
Treat the conference as an opportunity to connect with people rather than to answer basic questions that could be answered by reading the company’s website.
Be able to give an overview of your experience in two minutes. Boil down what you want to say to just the key points. And anticipate questions people may have about your resume and think about what your responses would be.
By preparing properly, you’ll be able to bring your best self to your interviews and confidently navigate the diversity conferences you are attending.