Answered by Hector, Hiring Expert at Tenneco, on Friday, May 18, 2018
You should absolutely prepare to find a job! Some companies will attend job fairs to source candidates for later opportunities, but even then you are setting yourself up for future options. Other companies are indeed looking to fill open spots they have today. Always come prepared to these. You never know who you will network with that could help set up your career path, be a future customer, future supplier, etc.
To be prepare, I would encourage you to understand your interests first. Nothing worst than someone coming to your booth and having no clue what they want. Have an undestanding of what you are passionate about. Once you have that, focus on what companies/organizations will be there. Do some research on which ones best align best with you (their values, company culture, what they sell, do they give back to the community - etc again specific to what is important to you). Once you know that, pick your top organizations. Make sure your resume is specific to those organizations. You don't have to build 15 different resumes, but you should have some key elements that match the employer if possible, since the jobs they offer will differ.
Lastly, practice. I know it sounds silly but meeting someone for the first time in this environment is kind of like presenting in front of class. If you didn't practice and don't know your content you won't get the best impact. Be prepared to share why you would be a good fit for the organization (not arrogant, just confident) and ask great questions (not items you can find on the website).
Good Luck - Thanks - Hector Hernandez - Tenneco