As recruitment season gears up, Blackstone’s team is offering a few tips to help students get the most out of career networking events. “More than anything else, a genuine interest in the firm hosting the event will help you make a positive impression on potential employers,” says Bronwen Baumgardner, an HR Director at Blackstone.
- Punctuality: Arriving on time speaks volumes about accountability. This is easy to get right, but impossible to fix – don’t be the person arriving in the middle of a presentation.
- Making a strong first impression: As you’ll be one of many potential recruits at an event, remember that the best impression you can make is by being well-spoken, confident, truly interested in the firm, and prepared to talk about yourself.
- Dress appropriately: What you decide to wear can tell a potential employer a lot about you. Flashy or “loud” attire may make you memorable for the wrong reasons.
- Tailor your elevator pitch: Like a resume, your pitch should be clear, concise, and tailored to the opportunity at hand. Focus on what the recruiter should know about you as a potential hire.
- Have a question ready: Be familiar with and knowledgeable on the firm and its business – a thoughtful question can show your level of interest and make you memorable.
- Network: Feel free to ask for a business card. This will grow your network and can come in handy as you continue your job search.
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