Step 3. Make your rounds

If you've prepared well, the actual career fair should be a walk in the park. But there are a few small steps that will maximize your experience. First, be patient. Career fairs are busy places, so wait your turn and when you get it, respect the recruiter's time.

Keep track of everyone you speak to. Most people at career fairs are HR representatives or hiring managers – the former have information, the latter are the decision-makers. Either way, get the person's name and ask if you can follow up. This opens the door to further interaction. You should also ask what the next steps are, and how you can go about getting a formal interview if they're not conducting any at the career fair itself. 

Whenever possible obtain a business card from everyone you meet with. After you leave the event write down things you talked about with this person so you can reference the conversation at a later date.