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10 Questions to Ask at a Job Fair

        Money | Getting a Job

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What Are the Opportunities for Advancement?
If you get some one-on-one time with a recruiter, make it count. Let him or her know you're in it for the long haul.
If you get some one-on-one time with a recruiter, make it count. Let him or her know you're in it for the long haul.
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When recruiters go out in search of new hires, they're looking for two key characteristics: flexibility and loyalty [source: Craig]. The ideal employee will be somebody who can handle a wide variety of tasks, is open to evolving roles and will stick around for the long haul. It's expensive and time-consuming to recruit, hire and train new employees. If you want to impress, you need to convince the recruiter that you're eager to make a long-term investment in the company's success.

A subtle way to do that is to ask about opportunities for advancement within the company. This shows that you're excited to grow with the company and apply your diverse skills to different roles. If you are applying for an entry-level position, be careful not to seem too eager to skip past the lower-salary job for something bigger and better. Instead, ask if the company has a policy of hiring from within and what the typical five- or 10-year trajectory looks like for a new employee.