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When I arrived back on HEC Campus after my winter holidays, all I could hear from everybody was about HEC Carrefours, HEC’s career fair. HEC Carrefours are one of the most important events in HEC’s calendar and students work hard to make the most of it and find the right internship or job in consulting, finance and so on. From my personal experience, I have the following advice which I would like to share with others:
1- Spend some time on your CV: I think it is very important that one spends some quality time on his or her CV before applying for internships and jobs at HEC Carrefours. I think my appointment with the careers office really helped me to improve my CV and present my skills in a much better format. It might take weeks to reach the final perfect CV but it is worth it!
2- Research: HEC provides every student with a book with information on all companies and while it is very comprehensive and detailed, one must research about companies of his or her choice through internet or other means. Recruiters are always impressed if you know something that others don’t. To prepare myself for the event, I spoke with course seniors who are currently working in those firms. I got a few tips on certain companies and a very interesting account of culture in their respective firms.
3- Prioritize: It is a bad idea to visit all firms. You must create a short list. On the first day, I went from company to company in a linear fashion and it simply did not work. After a few companies, you will get tired, so use your energy on the firms which you prefer more than others. When I adopted this on the second day, I did much better in terms of my interactions.
4- Relax: Yes, the event is important. No, you don’t need to freak out. The more relaxed you are, the better conversation you will have with the recruiters. I drank a lot of water to keep my poise and head straight. The conversations are usually fun but if you are not relaxed, even the simplest of questions will knock you off.
Different students had different experiences at HEC Carrefours. Some visited only a handful of firms while others did as many as they could. It really depends on what you wish to take from the event but whatever your motivation is to attend the event, HEC Carrefours have something for everyone.