Top 10 Tips for Meeting an Employer
During your first meeting with a potential employer be it at a workshop, an information session or an employer event, you need to make a good first impression. So think ahead about how to get the most out of the occasion:
- Be prepared: do basic research into the company before meeting the employer or attending an event; think about the questions you would like to ask - these should be appropriate to the company representative you meet eg. HR representative or current trainee
- Effective introductions: think in advance about how to briefly introduce yourself if you get a chance to speak to an employer on a one to one: name, course, career interest
- Dress appropriately: consider the event/meeting and what to wear; unless it is an interview, smart casual is probably best but always clean with brushed hair, clean teeth, clean shoes
- Mobile to silent: either switch your mobile phone off or to silent
- Be on time: if it is a workshop and you cannot help being late, then enter the room quietly and try not to let the door slam
- Ask questions: it shows you are interested and you may find out key information to assist you with the recruitment process or career choice, but time your questions appropriately and don’t interrupt
- Share the employer’s time: don’t monopolise them; remember they are there to meet all students
- Be business-like: friendly but polite: smile, introduce yourself and shake their hand; keep a reasonable distance and respect personal space
- Leaving early: either let the employer know in advance if it is a small group event or if it is a large group sit near the door, leave quietly.
- Thank them for their time: whether this be on a one to one, a round of applause at the end of a talk or a quick email later if they spent considerable time talking to you
N.B: The information in this leaflet is correct as of August 2016.
Compiled by: Career and Employment office, University of Hertfordshire