Nailing your careers fair visit

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Careers fairs are what you make of them. If this is your first time visiting one, it really is important to do your homework before you go. Who knows, you may meet your future employer there, so all the more reason to prepare well to ensure you make a great first impression.

Follow our tips and you’ll make better use of your time by being more focused about the companies you talk to; will leave the fair with a clearer idea of your potential career pathway and – with a bit of charm and perseverance – have made some useful contacts along the way.

First things first – do your researchread the fair guide in advance and have a shortlist in mind of which companies you want to visit (we hope we’re one of them!). Make sure you’re familiar with their websites and any recent news stories / current job vacancies. Being well informed can set you apart from other candidates and allows you to – 

Skip the obvious questions – we hear a lot of “what do you do?”, so we really appreciate it when people turn-up knowing something about us already. Even more so if what they ask us shows that they’re genuinely curious and have a passion for finance and capital markets.

Blow your own trumpet – if you’ve got relevant skills, talk to us about them. We really do want to know that you get a kick out of programming or hear about what strategies you’ve tried while doing your own personal trading in your spare-time.

Show you understand the qualities the company is looking for – at Tibra, we want people to join us who have spark, determination and initiative. If you’re meeting one of our team, be confident and make us believe that we could help you fulfil your potential – by making the most of our ‘Tibra University’ Learning and Development platform.

Don’t be afraid to be different – try not to limit yourself only to the stands that you think will be interested in you. We typically recruit people with a maths or computer science background but that’s not a rule set in stone. Skills, personality and a willingness to learn are as important.

Do try to get a good understanding of the recruitment process. Find out exactly what you’ll need to include in your application; how you will be tested and what might come up in technical interviews. It’s always helpful to make a note of each company’s application close dates and put in place a pathway for how you’ll handle your submissions.