USIT’s first J1 Hiring Fair of 2019 is taking place on February 28th in the Alex Hotel, Dublin – follow these hot tips to GET HIRED instantly!
1. Be Prepared
Before you attend the fair, you will already know which companies you’ll be interviewing for. Take the time to read up on the company, have a look at their website and think about what you can bring to the table. As for dress code, a tidy appearance is essential. You don’t need to wear a suit, just look neat and put together.
Everyone needs to bring a 1-page version of their CV. Make sure it is as concise as possible as employers will be scanning it for buzz words. Make sure you don’t undersell your skills. Irish people tend to be quite modest in job interviews but Americans expect you to pitch yourself in the best possible light.
Also, don’t forget to bring water and something small to eat with you.
2. Arrive on Time
There is no problem whatsoever with a family member or friend accompanying you to the fair, but they won’t be allowed to come into the hiring room with you. We suggest they take a stroll or grab a coffee (Grafton Street is 5 minutes away) and come back when you are finished. Expect to be in the hotel for 2- 2.5 hours.
When you first get to the Alex Hotel, you will check-in with us. We will hold a short presentation with everyone before entering the hiring room. Feel free to ask any questions at this point.
You’ve heard it a thousand times from your parents but make sure you stand up straight with your shoulders back. If you project an air of confidence, you’ve automatically made a good first impression.
Try and relax. Sip water and take deep breaths while you wait. When you first make eye contact, smile and deliver a firm handshake. Ask them how they are while you take a seat at their table.
5. Listen & Think
We can’t tell you exactly what you will be asked as different employers have different interview styles. Remember to listen to what you are being asked and take a moment to think about your answer. Being nervously enthusiastic is OK, but try not to speak over the interviewer. Take your time with your answers and don’t forget to breathe! In the short time you have to chat, they’re trying to get a sense of who you are and whether you would make a good fit for the job. It’s your chance to prove yourself.
6. Know Your Strengths
The aim of any interview is to sell yourself. Please remember: Speaking about your strengths is not arrogance, it’s confidence! Be ready to speak about yourself confidentially – I consider myself a happy person, I work well in a group, I’m reliable, I pay attention to detail….all positive things to say! Being shy about your abilities will not get you a J1 job. You’re awesome so show them why!
Be prepared to speak for 3-5 minutes about your strongest skill and a 2-3 minutes about your secondary skills. You’ll want to rehearse a little bit to rid yourself of too many “umms” and “likes.”
7. Keep an Open Mind
Quite often participants get offered something at the fair that they may not have considered beforehand. You may not have enough experience to be a bartender but you may have enough to be a barback. Remember to be extremely grateful for any offer put to you. If you want to come and speak to one of us about it, ask for 10 minutes to consider.
Some directors may want you to make a decision quickly, so don’t delay. Come and speak with one of our team and we can advise you on your decision.
8. Enjoy the Experience!
Easy for us to say, but try and enjoy the fair. Don’t be too serious, let your personality shine through! You’ve gotten this far in the process so remind yourself of that and don’t worry too much!
9. Got Hired? Congrats! You’re done!
If you get offered a job at the fair, congrats! Come to the check-out desk and we will let you know what happens next, we may even take a picture or 2 if that’s OK.
10. Not Hired Immediately? Don’t Worry!
If you don’t get hired right away, don’t worry! The employers at our fairs are only a small percentage of the companies we work with. There will be other opportunities such as more hiring fairs both in person and online.
If you follow these 10 tips, you’ll be well on your way to landing the summer job of a lifetime! Not signed up for our Hiring Fairs? Simply book onto our J1 Premium Programme and live the dream this summer!