top of page


Hiring managers may find the frantic energy of a job fair to be both thrilling and overwhelming. As exciting as it is to be able to connect with a pool of potential applicants, making the most of the event requires a clearly defined plan. 

The hiring process is a crucial initial step towards assembling a high-achieving team, and mistakes made at this point can have serious consequences.

By delving into frequently encountered pitfalls, we will equip you with actionable strategies to maximize your engagement with potential candidates.


Before the Job Fair:

  • Unclear Job Descriptions: Having vague or generic job descriptions won't attract the right candidates. Clear descriptions outlining responsibilities, qualifications, and company culture will draw targeted applicants. Use keywords relevant to the position and avoid jargon.

  • Lack of Preparation: Not having enough staff to manage the booth, forgetting brochures or application forms, or neglecting to research attending candidates reflects poorly on the company. Plan well in advance. Train booth staff, ensure sufficient brochures and application forms, and research participating universities or institutions to target potential candidates.

  • Uninspiring Booth Design: A dull or cluttered booth won't grab attention. Design a visually appealing and informative booth that reflects your company culture.

During the Job Fair:

  • Passive Presence: Simply sitting at the booth waiting for candidates to approach is a missed opportunity. Hiring managers should be proactive, engaging with attendees and initiating conversations.

  • Poor Communication Skills: Unenthusiastic or unprepared staff can leave a negative impression. Hiring managers should be able to articulate the company's value proposition and answer candidate questions.

  • Inflexible Interview Process: Not having a streamlined interview process within the fair can lead to long wait times and frustration for candidates. Develop a quick screening process to identify promising candidates for further interviews.

After the Job Fair:

  • Neglecting Follow-Up: Failing to follow up with interested candidates promptly after the fair shows a lack of professionalism. Send thank-you emails and schedule interviews with promising candidates.

  • Unclear Communication: Not keeping candidates informed about the next steps in the hiring process can lead to discouragement and lost interest. Provide clear communication throughout the process.

  • Negative Candidate Experience: A disorganized, impersonal, or frustrating experience at the fair can damage a company's reputation and deter future applicants. Prioritize a positive candidate experience. Be welcoming, professional, and organized. Provide clear information, answer questions thoughtfully, and ensure a smooth interview process within the fair.


Remember, job fairs are a two-way street. It's your chance to not only evaluate applicants but also leave a good impression on prospective hires.

by : Abby Cris D. Federico


bottom of page