Career Fairs and Job Interviews

Meet Potential Employers

Berkeley College holds numerous Career Fairs that provide opportunities to learn about potential employers and take advantage of new networking opportunities. Berkeley College students and alumni are able to meet representatives from a variety of companies with diverse hiring needs. All students and alumni in attendance receive company profiles to help them begin their career search. All attendees are required to wear professional attire.

Preparation and Support Services

Students are required to attend a Career Fair pre-session to learn tips about navigating the event and gain a realistic understanding of what to expect. Library staff are also available to help students and alumni search for more information about a company and provide assistance in completing job applications.

Ace Your Next Job Interview

Tell me about yourself.

The hiring manager wants to know if you’re a good fit for the position. Review your resume to prepare an answer about yourself that describes your qualifications. Compare your previous roles and most relevant skills to the job description.

What are your strengths?

Focus on skills, education and training that are relevant to the job opportunity. Research the company to learn more about the value system and how it aligns with yours. Then briefly describe how you’re the perfect match.

What are your weaknesses?

Everybody has one or two. The best way to handle this question is to either describe a weakness that does not interfere with the job description, or describe one that might also be considered a strength. Explain to the interviewer in detail what you’re doing to improve on your shortcomings.

Why do you want to work here?

Research the company prior to the interview. Use your resume to highlight specific points that will emphasize that the role is a good fit for your general and specific skills. Explain how the role fits into your long-term career goals. Understand the job description and its role within the organization, so that you can easily discuss points about the company and the position that particularly interest you most.

What are some of your greatest achievements?

Describe a recent work-related achievement, identifying skills used and the benefit provided to your employer.

Describe a time when you were faced with a challenge.

The hiring manager wants to learn how you handle difficult situations in the workplace. Keep your answer simple by briefly describing the problem, the resolution that you came up with, and the final outcome as a result of your decision.

Why do you want to leave your current employer?

Always stay positive. Never focus on personalities or individuals. The answer to this question should relate to your interest in seeking a new challenge with greater responsibilities. Do not talk about your motivation for an increase in salary.

Explain the employment gap on your resume.

Be able to explain your reason for leaving any job you have ever held. If you experienced a layoff, discuss the time spent away from work, as getting your resume up to speed during the job hunt. Whether you just graduated from college or are a seasoned professional, it is important to show that you were doing something like temp work, related volunteer work, or occasional consulting gigs during the job hunt.

Why should I hire you?

This is the perfect time to recap your industry experience, technical skills, key accomplishments, education, and training.

What are your career goals?

When answering this question, try to find the middle ground between overachiever and underachiever. Keep your goals in line with the goals of the company. Never brag about your future aspirations. Focus on your professional goals not your personal ones.

Employers Like What They See

Because Berkeley students are well prepared before the Career Fair, students, alumni, and employers come away satisfied with their experiences. The connections made at Berkeley College Career Fairs often lead students and alumni to employment and internship opportunities in their fields of study.

Contact Career Services

New York: 212-986-3470
New Jersey: 973-278-5400

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Upcoming Career Fairs

October 24
Justice Studies Career Fair
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Woodland Park Campus  

October 25
Justice Studies Career Fair
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
New York City Campus  

November 7
General Career Fair
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Newark Campus  

November 8
General Career Fair
12:00 - 2:00 PM
Brooklyn Campus