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FAQ for Job-Seekers

What is the KIT Career Fair?

The KIT Career Fair is the annual job fair of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, organized by the KIT-Career-Service. Here, students and alumni have the opportunity to make contact with around 250 regional, national and international companies from many industries.

Get to know your potential employers and find out about various job profiles, vacancies, internships and company-specific requirements.

When does the fair take place?

The fair takes place every year in the middle of May on three days from 9:30 to 16:00.

Where does the fair take place?

The KIT Career Fair takes place in the middle of the KIT campus, on the Forum in front of the Audimax. The exhibition stands and short presentations of the exhibitors can be found there in the exhibition tent, the short job interviews, lectures and application photo shootings take place in the foyer of the Audimax or in the seminar room in the Audimax.

Does the fair cost admission?

No, admission is free of charge for all visitors.

Do I have to register for the fair in advance?

No registration is required to visit the fair. The short presentations, lectures and application check in the fair tent can also be attended without prior registration. Registration for the application photo shootings is possible via the KIT-Career-Service event calendar three weeks before the fair. For the short job interviews, an application with CV in advance is required – the registration will be activated online from the beginning of February to mid-April.

Who organises the fair?

The fair is organised by the KIT-Career-Service. Already during their studies, the KIT-Career-Service accompanies the students around the topics career, internship and career entry through qualified assistance as well as various events and sees itself as a mediator between students, graduates and employers.

Which day oft he fair is right for me?

The free Career-Service-App will help you with this question: Filter exhibitors according to their specialist field, industries of interest to you or the day of the trade fair and see in the interactive stand plan who is represented where and when. You will find further information and links to current job advertisements on the exhibitors' company profiles. Information on the trade fair programme and the detailed list of exhibitors can of course also be found in the print trade fair brochure and online.

Is there a fair catalogue?

The fair catalogue will be distributed on campus from the beginning of the summer term and will be available for take-away at the trade fair. It can also be downloaded online. In addition to information on the fair programme and the detailed list of exhibitors, many exhibitors are also represented with advertisements in which they draw attention to entry opportunities and contacts.

I'm still at the beginning of my studies: Is a visit to the fair worth it at all?

Yes, the KIT Career Fair is not just a graduate fair, but a contact fair where the dialogue between students and company representatives is at the forefront. The companies not only inform about entry and career opportunities, but also about internships, working student jobs and dissertations.

I'm not studying at KIT: Can I still come to the fair?

Yes, the fair is also aimed at students from other universities.

Are there any concrete offers for jobs, internships and dissertations at the KIT Career Fair?

Yes, at the job walls you will find current announcements by exhibitors for internships, dissertations, doctorates or direct entry. Further offers can be found in the free Career-Service-App, on the company profiles and in the JobPortal of the KIT-Career-Service.

Are there any real job interviews?

The short job interviews give you the opportunity to introduce yourself to a company in a 15-minute interview. Registration in advance is necessary for the short job interviews. The participating companies will select you on the basis of your anonymous CV and invite you to an interview directly at the fair.

Is there an accompanying programme to the fair?

In addition to the short job interviews, there will be daily short presentations by exhibitors in the fair tent and four lectures per day on special fields, new technologies or career opportunities for individual companies. The lectures will take place in the foyer of the Audimax. The KIT-Career-Service and other partners such as the Employment Agency also offer application checks and advice. Simply pass by the KIT-Career-Service stand without making an appointment and bring your documents and, for example, an interesting job advertisement with you. You can make an appointment at the KIT-Career-Service application photo shootings for the right application photo.

How can I prepare for the KIT Career Fair?

Many questions arise in the phase before the KIT Career Fair. That's why we offer you a varied programme with practical tips and suggestions in the fair warm-up to prepare you for the fair. Your questions will be answered individually in workshops. Of course, you should check the documents you bring with you to the fair, such as your CV, for completeness beforehand. It is also helpful to find out in advance about companies that are of interest to you.

What documents should I bring to the fair?

In order to introduce yourself briefly and express basic interest in companies, a short application consisting of cover letter and CV is sufficient. Important questions about the required documents will also be answered during the warm-up before the fair.

What should I wear to the fair?

Come as you are! At the KIT Career Fair there is no obligation to dress up, but a well-groomed appearance is of course important - because a successful trade fair appearance also requires a good first impression. Of course, the choice of clothes also depends on the company you want to get in touch with.

What is asked or expected from the companies?

The companies are looking for interested and committed junior staff. Therefore, inform yourself in advance about the companies you want to address at the KIT Career Fair - for example about the company profiles in the Career-Service-App. This will make it easier for you to have interesting conversations and leave a good impression.

How do I get in touch with the company representatives?

Most companies appreciate it when applicants come to the stands with specific questions. You should have an idea of what you would like to do professionally in the future and what your personal, professional and professional qualifications are.

Do not wait to be approached, but actively approach the exhibitors. The company representatives are familiar with the fair situation and will make it easy for you to get started. Show that you have already dealt with the company, the business segments and possibly also with the entry opportunities. Make it clear why you are interested in the company and say a few words about the most important points of your training.

If you are still in the orientation phase, you are welcome to mention it. Your interlocutors will then be better able to adapt to you. Make an authentic appearance and show that you realistically assess your qualifications and skills.

How do I conduct a successful conversation?

If you are interested in a longer conversation, it makes sense to introduce yourself in person. Say your name, your studies and describe your professional interests. Then you can ask one of your prepared questions and steer the conversation in the desired direction. Try to mention your qualifications and competences in a suitable place during the interview.

If the interview goes well, you can offer your application documents to the company representatives and have them give you your business card.

How do I use the contacts I have made?

After the talks and impressions at the KIT Career Fair, you should ask yourself which company suits you best. Did the appearance of the company appeal to you? Was the interpersonal atmosphere right? Does the company meet your important requirements?

Use the time after the fair to apply to companies that have proven to be interesting and suitable for you. A visit to the fair is a suitable argument as to how you became aware of the company and why you are applying for a job with it. Make use of the contacts you have made when applying.