Be strategic. Go to tables without lines first.
Each meeting with a recruiter is like your fifteen minutes of fame, only shorter. Much shorter. Prepare your Elevator Pitch so you can communicate quickly and efficiently what’s so great about you! Be interesting. Be conversational. Be prepared. But above all, be yourself!
Be purposeful, but leave room for exploration.
You won’t be able to get to everyone, so list your top 5 or 6 companies that you must meet. Research them. What is their mission, their values? Then look at the job or internship opportunities they have. Think about those positions when you're talking to the recruiter; show how your skills line up!
Employers are different each day, with some overlap. Learn who’s attending when so you don’t miss an opportunity. If you have time to get to others on your list, consider that a bonus!
Be open to opportunities.
You never know the types of jobs a company is hiring for until you look. Don’t make assumptions. They could be hiring for any kind of position – technical or non-technical. Review the employer list and open positions before you decide. [Check out this article, 20 Companies That Will Give You Unbelievable Career Opportunities from The Muse. It includes Career Days employers Enterprise and Vanguard.]
Ask questions not easily answered with a web search. Dig deeper to really get to know the company, its culture, and how you might fit in.