Career Fair Follow-Up

  • Send thank you emails to employers of interest.
  • Even though you provided your resume, you should still apply online or via email for more visibility and prove your genuine interest. Start by looking on the Penn State job board, Nittany Lion Careers.  You may need to apply another way, so be in the know by checking the Employer Directory for “How to apply”.
  • Look for emails from employers and respond promptly, even if you are not interested. Show them the courtesy of a reply or it will reflect poorly on you for future opportunities (see “Responding to Invitations for an Interview” below).
  • Follow up after 2 weeks or so to express your continued interest and inquire about the status of the position. Don’t assume that, because they haven’t contacted you, they’re not interested in you. Take the initiative to follow up with an email or phone call!
  • Prepare for interviews and know how to respond to an offer. 

Sample Thank You Note

Dear Ms. Compton,

It was a pleasure to meet you at the Career Fair at Penn State Brandywine and learn more about ABC Company and the wonderful Marketing Internship you offer. I’m extremely interested in being considered for this position and hope to have the opportunity for an interview. 

As you may recall, I have experience through the Marketing Club on campus with utilizing various social media platforms to advertise campus events, as well as proficiency in the use of Publisher and Photoshop for developing creative and effective marketing materials. My resume is attached for your convenience. 

I look forward to hearing from you and would consider it a privilege to work for an organization such as ABC Company, known for your excellence in serving client needs using the latest marketing platforms and technology.

Elijah Super Student

Applying for Positions after a Fair

Now that you’ve shared your resume at the fair, you might be wondering if it’s necessary to apply online or send your resume via email. Some employers may have instructed you. If you have not been instructed, go ahead and follow up by formally applying. This will give your resume more visibility. There are various ways to apply: Penn State’s Nittany Lion Careers (try this first), the employer application site or emailing the employer directly if their contact information was provided (at the fair or in the Directory). 

Responding to Invitations for an Interview

If you’re interested, congratulations!  Be sure to prepare as noted below, dress professionally and show up early!  Follow up with thank you notes to all. 
If you are not interested, respond and politely let them know that you “have decided to pursue another path” or you are “not able to pursue this opportunity at this time” and/or “would be very interested in being considered in the future.” Thank them for reaching out but do not simply ignore their email or phone call as it reflects poorly on you and on Penn State.

Preparing for the Interview

Check the Interview webpage for multiple resources to help you prepare and convey confidence and knowledge during your interview.

Researching Employers 

Be sure to do further research on employers before the interview. Know their mission, goals the products/services they provide. Start with their website then advance to and which will oftentimes contain typical interview questions for the organization.

Juggling Job Offers 

When offered a position, express your gratitude and enthusiasm, ask questions that will help inform your decision and don’t feel pressured to say Yes on the spot. If you are hoping for an offer from another employer, it is appropriate to ask for a 1-2 weeks to make your decision. It is not professional to accept a 2nd choice offer with the intention of reneging on your commitment if a better offer comes through. Once you accept an offer, the employer notifies other applicants that the position was filled, so you put them in a precarious position when you withdraw, or renege on, your acceptance.

You might respond to an offer by saying, “Thank you so much for the offer. I’m very excited about it. Before I accept, can you answer a few questions?” This is the time to ask questions to gain clarity about the hours, pay, perks, expectations, needed time off, etc.  If you are waiting for other offers, you might say, “Before I accept, is it possible for you to allow me an additional week (or two) to make my decision?” Employers should grant you a bit of time, but not usually more than 2 weeks. Ask for a deadline to reply to the offer. 

At this point, you could contact the other employers where you have applied to inquire about their timeline for making offers, or even letting them know that they are your first preference. This way you can more easily manage your acceptance with less stress.

For more, see accepting offers ethically.

Notify Career Services once Hired

Let us know about your success. If hired for a job, complete:
If you were offered an internship and accept it, complete (whether or not you will be earning credit).

For assistance, Brandywine students can call 610-892-1390 or come to 104 Main to schedule an appointment with a Career Coach.