We’ve heard the careers fair concept is dead. Some say the whole idea of it seems a relic, in this world of a million ways to showcase portfolios and chat online in an instant.
We see things a bit differently, and we feel they can still play a really important (and actually pretty cool) part in our recruitment process.
We’re, right now, busy planning for the Jobs fair at Nottingham Trent University next week. Here’s why…
- The fair provides the absolutely perfect opportunity for us to meet hundreds of students and grads who are interested in our company, all in the space of a few hours. This helps us to select a few for the first-round interview stage.
- The skills we look for in recruitment are one thing, the fit we’re after is another. And face-to-face is really the only way to get the measure of this. Put simply, wading through CVs is a) time-consuming and b) so 2D. A quick 5 minute chat is just more efficient and effective.
- We get to show off our brand and what we stand for. We can’t employ everyone, but we certainly love it when we hear people saying what a cool company we are, and how they’ve heard we’re good to work for.
- Getting the best, first. As career fairs are usually held in term time, you tend to get to meet students long before graduation. This means you’re getting face-to-face with potential candidates before they’ve applied for other positions. At a careers fair you’re likely to find self-starter proactive attitudes, because they’ve got up and got there.
So, where and when?
We’ll be at the NTU Jobs Fair, at the Newton Building, 25th October.