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Top 10 tips on meeting an employer

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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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. Mobile to silent: either switch your mobile phone off or to silent
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Share the employer’s time: don’t monopolise them; remember they are there to meet all students
  8. Be business-like: friendly but polite: smile, introduce yourself and shake their hand; keep a reasonable distance and respect personal space
  9. 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.
  10. 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




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