There are a number of things to consider before talking to potential employers. Regardless of which companies you want to approach, make sure to research the company's profile and background first. Basic information about each company can be found in the career fair catalogue. The catalogue will also tell you what qualifications the companies are looking for in an applicant. For most companies there is also a point of contact given which should be used as the addressee in your application.
For a good first impression dress for the fair the way you would for a job interview. Once you have approached an exhibition stand it is a good idea to come prepared with at least three thought-provoking questions to ask the company representatives.
If a company holds the possibility for an interesting position such as an internship or even a job entry, do not hesitate to offer the representative your application documents. For introduction purposes a short application is sufficient (CV and letter of motivation). If you want to apply for a specific position, prepare an extensive application (CV, cover letter, certificates).
Application documents needed in the course of the career fair differ from a 'conventional' application in two ways:
1. Since it might not be clear which position you can apply for, a conventional cover letter is not needed. However, a motivational letter is highly recommended. It should include information about you, as well as information on any professional knowledge you might have already acquired. Make sure to point out why you would like to work for the specific company.
2. Your CV does not have to be fitted for a special company or position. It can be fitted, however, if you have already decided which position you want to apply for.
When you found a company you consider most suitable for you, you should confirm your interest via email as soon as possible. Inquire whether additional documents from you are needed. If you do not hear back from a company within 10 days after your initial application, it is recommended to contact the company over the phone.