HireTigers Virtual Career Fair FAQs
- What is Princeton’s HireTigers Virtual Career Fair?
The HireTigers Virtual Career Fair is the online version of the career fair typically hosted on campus each fall. The virtual format continues to be a great way for you to meet many different employers during a short period of time.
This fall's virtual fair will take place on Handshake, and held over the course of two days (Sept. 10-11). We encourage you to think broadly about the employers you want to meet, and expand your ideas of which employers may be of interest to you. Over the course of the two days, you’ll be able to schedule 10-minute one-on-one meetings with employers, as well as sit in on 30-minute group meetings between employers and small groups of students.
- When does the Fall HireTigers Virtual Career Fair take place?
The fair will be held on Sept. 10 and 11. Different employers will attend each day, so look at the list of attendees for each day and select which employers you want to meet. You can view the employers attending and find other information about the fair in Handshake.
- When does the fair open, how do I register, and what does that mean?
Student registration begins Mon., Aug. 24. You can register to participate in the fair on that day, and you can also start signing up for one-on-one and group sessions with employers of interest. You can even review employers prior to the opening of student registration, if you want a sneak peek at the early employer registrants.
There are a few steps you’ll need to complete in Handshake to register.
Follow these instructions to register. Registering for the fair is an important first step, but remember that you’ll also need to sign up for the specific employer one-on-one and group sessions you’d like to attend. You can view sessions for Day 1 and Day 2 in Handshake.
- What should I do now to prepare for the fair?
Get your resume ready!
If you’d like help making sure your resume is polished and reflects you well, attend a drop-in career advising session between Aug. 31-Sept. 11 from 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. No appointment is needed for drop-in advising. Sessions on are held over Zoom. For additional guidance, review our resume guide.
In addition to polishing your resume, you should also make sure your Handshake profile is complete and up-to-date. Review this Handshake article for tips on building your profile in a way that will position you well for the fair.
- When will the full list of employers attending be available?
Employers have already started signing up and will continue to be added through Sept. 1. Registered employers may also add individual and group sessions up until the day of the fair.
It’s very important that you monitor the employer participation list frequently, perhaps even daily, so that you don’t miss the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one with an employer you really want to meet.
Resume Submission and Profile Updates
- What does it mean to register for the fair?
When you register for the fair, you get access to sign up for one-on-one and group sessions with employers.
- When do I need to upload my resume to Handshake?
Mon., Aug. 24 is the first day that you can register for the fair and sign up for sessions. Employers will be able to see your profile after you sign up for sessions. Employers will be able to download resumes of students they meet with after the fair.
Employers are not able to access student resumes prior to the fair, and only students that register for specific employer sessions (individual and group) will have their resumes shared. However, employers will be able to see your profile at the time you register for their sessions.
We recommend you not wait until the day of the fair to upload your resume, so that you don’t encounter any last-minute technical problems. If you have multiple resumes uploaded to your Handshake account, the only resume that employers will receive is the resume you mark as visible and featured on your student profile. You can only feature one resume at a time. You may wish to name your resume “ Career Fair Resume” followed by your name for easy reference.
- Do I need to do anything in addition to uploading my resume and registering for the fair?
Yes! You also need to sign up for the specific one-on-one and group sessions you wish to attend. Mon., Aug 24 is the first day that you can register for the fair and sign up for sessions.
Employers will not be able to see your profile until after you sign up for sessions. Plan ahead! The number of one-on-one sessions will vary by employer. Once they are all filled, you will no longer be able to sign up for one.
Some employers will be in very high demand. If you’re not able to get a one-on-one meeting with these employers, be sure to sign up for a group session with that employer.
It’s important that your Handshake profile settings are set so you can participate in both types of sessions.
- Why is my Handshake profile important for the fair?
Some employers will designate specific qualifications they require in order to sign up for one-on-one meetings. If your profile does not contain information in fields employers consider important, you may be not be able to sign up for a one-on-one until you adjust your profile. Complete your profile as fully as you can, but don’t get overly concerned about small details that may not matter to employers. You can find additional tips for getting your profile ready in this article.
- Do employers choose students for one-on-ones, or is it open sign up?
It’s open sign up (first-come, first-served) as long as your Handshake profile shows that you meet the requirements designated by the employer.
- Will employers reach out to me if I’m registered for the fair?
Employers may reach out to you prior to the fair, but we expect that most employers will wait for you to sign up for a one-on-one or group meeting with them.
Meeting with Employers
- Which employers are participating?
A wide range of employers will participate in the fair. Employers will sign up throughout Sept. 1. You can access the current list of employer attendees by viewing Day 1 and Day 2 fair details in Handshake. These lists will continue to grow until Sept. 1, so check back frequently.
- What is a one-on-one session with an employer like?
This means that you get 10 minutes to present yourself to the employer representative. Prepare your elevator pitch in advance. Employers will receive your resume after the fair, so feel free to highlight important key experiences in your elevator pitch, and remind them of these experiences in your follow-up communications.
Ask specific questions about the organization and the positions available based on research that you’ve done on that employer in advance. These 10 minutes are all yours - you won’t be sharing your time with other students.
- What is a group session with an employer like?
Group sessions are 30-minute meeting with an employer, along with a group of other Princeton students. These will vary by employer. We expect that many employers will choose to do a short presentation for part of the 30 minutes, and will then open the floor for questions.
In groups smaller than 15, you'll see the employer/presentation and a rotating smaller view of students. You can unmute and ask questions or ask questions in the chat box.
In groups larger than 15, you'll see the employer/presentation and a smaller view of student initials on a blank screen. Students will be automatically muted with video off to help the session run smoothly. Students can use the "raise hand" function and the employer will unmute them and allow them to ask a question. Students can also ask questions through the chat function.
- When would I want to choose a one-on-one as opposed to a group session, if an employer offers both?
If you have specific questions, or if you want to be sure to meet and form a connection with an employer, try to get one of the one-on-one sessions. If you’re more interested in general information gathering, then a group session might be a good format for you.
- If I don’t register in advance, does that mean I don’t get to talk to an employer?
By registering in advance, you’ll be able to prepare for the employers you want to meet, and will get the best chance at signing up for one-on-one sessions. If you wait until the day of the fair, it’s likely that you will have very few opportunities to meet one-on-one with employers, but you may still be able to attend some of the group sessions. You'll be able to sign up for sessions up to one minute before the start time; once the session has started, you'll be unable to sign up for the session.
- Who is in charge of my schedule?
You are! You can decide when to schedule one-on-ones or group sessions. Plan your schedule strategically, so as not to interfere with classes or other commitments.
- Should I schedule back-to-back conversations with employers or could that be a problem if employers happen to run late from their previous conversation?
It’s possible that some employers may run late in some of the one-on-one schedules. We encourage you to try to space out your one-on-one meetings as best you can, so that you don’t run into conflicts. If you are expecting to meet an employer for a one-on-one, and the employer isn’t there, wait a few minutes, and contact Career Development staff through our Fair Day Zoom Meeting (it will be open throughout the fair on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11) to see if we can help.
Unfortunately, there isn't a quick way for employers to reach out to students or vice versa during the fair. Wait as long as you can within your 10-minute window. If you don’t connect that day, the employer may reach out to you after the fair to reschedule. Try to be flexible!
- What if all of the spots are filled to speak with an employer of interest to me?
Once the spots are filled, there may not be additional spots added. This is why it’s important to check back frequently in the days before the fair to see if new employers have registered or if previously registered employers have added additional slots. If you’re not able to get a one-on-one with an employer you’re interested in, then sign up for a group session with this employer.
- Will employer contact information be available after the fair?
The best way to get this information is to ask employers during sessions. You can "Follow" employers on Handshake to get relevant information as it’s added, and you can also visit the employer’s profile page in Handshake to see if they have contact information available.
If you’re unable to get an employer’s contact information during the fair, you can contact Center for Career Development staff at firstname.lastname@example.org after the fair, to see if we have the information.
During the Fair
After the Fair
- Should I follow-up with employers?
Yes! Be sure to follow-up with employers you connected with at the fair. You can ask employers for their contact information during your one-on-one meetings and group sessions. You can follow up via email or phone.
When you do so, thank the representative for their time, and reference something you learned during your conversation, or discuss the next steps you plan to make as a result of the interaction. Our networking guide provides helpful information about how to network authentically and effectively.