Augustana College and St. Ambrose University present... Pro Fair

Advice for Making a Good Impression

For the Fair:

  • Have a plan in mind before you arrive. Research the companies that interest you.
  • Develop your "commercial" in advance. Include your name, major, and graduation date. Follow with several questions.
  • Dress professionally (see below).
  • Make good eye contact, introduce yourself with a firm handshake, and do not smoke or chew gum.
  • Bring copies of your resume for each company you're interested in.
  • Ask each recruiter for a business card, and how you can follow up with him/her.

Questions to Ask an Employer:

  • What do you look for when you are reviewing a resume?
  • What do you like the most/least about your position?
  • What positions might a person with my major/skills find in your organization?
  • What qualities does an individual need to be successful at company XYZ?
  • What organizations or professional associations would you suggest that a person with my major and field of interest get involved in?
  • How do you hire?
  • Would a _____ minor be helpful for someone who wants to get into this field?
  • What advice would you give an individual who is about to graduate and is looking for an entry-level position?
  • What is the company's management style and what are the growth projections for the next five years?

Men - Dress and Grooming

  • A well-fitting, two-pieced suit in a dark color such as navy, gray, or charcoal but not black. Plain colors, very small tartan plaids, or pin stripes are best. Try to consider a shade which compliments your coloring. Pant legs should rest on shoe with slight crease. Make sure the suit is cleaned and pressed and the pockets are empty.
  • The shirt should be white or light colored, long-sleeved, freshly laundered and neatly pressed. Wear a cotton undershirt for a cleaner, more finished look.
  • Ties can be striped, paisley or dotted, but avoid bright colors and elaborate patterns. The tie should coordinate with the suit.
  • Shoes should be oxfords or other dress shoes in black, brown, or cordovan and freshly shined. Socks should compliment the suit and extend onto the calf.
  • Jewelry should be limited to one ring and a tie tack. Tongue rings, earrings, or other piercings are inappropriate. No tinted glasses.
  • Cover tattoos.
  • Clean and trim head and facial hair. Don't over style with too much gel.
  • Use cologne or after shave minimally.
  • Clean and trim nails.

Women - Dress and Grooming

  • A classic suit in navy blue, gray, taupe or black is always appropriate. Skirts should be an inch above or below the knee with no high slits. Pantsuits may be worn but 25% of interviewers still prefer skirts.
  • White or light-colored tailored, pressed blouses create a polished look.
  • Keep accessories simple. Wear closed, basic pumps in good repair with lower (one to two inch) heels. Briefcases or portfolios are optional. Purses, if carried, should be small and tailored.
  • Modest jewelry looks more professional and sophisticated. One ring on each hand is enough with none on the thumb. Only one earring in each ear is suggested with no other piercings or tongue rings.
  • Wear skin-toned hose or colors no darker than your hemline. No runs.
  • Clean, well-groomed hair. Hair looks best at shoulder length or shorter. If long, tie it back.
  • Nails should be manicured and not too long. Nail polish should be clear or natural.
  • Cover tattoos.
  • Very light or no perfume. No heavy makeup.