How to conduct and present yourself at a recruiting event

If you are planning to attend a recruiting event, here a few tips that will help your experience become a success!

Booth Etiquette infographic

Booth Etiquette: How to Conduct Yourself at a Recruiting Event (full-size PDF for download)

Do this:

  • Arrive early. 
    It is distracting to your recruiting colleagues and disrespectful to your applicants if you are not prepared to start on time.
  • Be aware of your booth space.
    Be courteous to your recruiting neighbors by planning your displays appropriately and sharing resources, such as power cords and outlets.
  • Understand the traffic patterns for your booth.
    Be sure to keep you line of applicants within your booth space so you don't infringe upon another organization's space.
  • Meet your neighboring recruiters and understand what type of candidates they are recruiting.
    You might be able to send candidates who are not a good fit for your organization to another recruiters' table. Hopefully, he/she will reciprocate! Win-win!
  • Be professional.
    You are "on stage" the moment you drive up to the event. Make sure you are kind, welcoming, and approachable.

Don't do this:

  • Chew gum or eat in the booth.
    Hide food and beverages out of sight.
  • Leave early.
    It is disheartening to potential applicants to see your booth empty during event hours.
  • Be derogatory about any other organization, recruiter, or candidate.
    You need to be genuine about why your organization is a wonderful fit for your candidate, but never bash the competition. You never know when they may become your collaborator!
  • Forget to say 'thank you' to the event sponsor.
    This event is an opportunity for you to recruit fabulous talent; show appreciation for the planners that facilitate the event by saying 'thank you' and completing their post-event survey.