Virtual Job Fair Recap
On January 16, 2012 I co-hosted my first Virtual Job Fair with Karla Campos of Gig Logo – A Guest Blogging Community.
What is a Virtual Job Fair? I like to think of it as an online job search clinic – a place for job seekers and recruiters to come together to network, learn from each other, post jobs or source candidates. Karla and I had a 12 hour day of almost constant engagement with participants on Facebook and Twitter (with the hashtag #JobClinic)
Here are some of the highlights of the day:
ATTENDANCE: 67 people RSVP’d for the event.
QUESTIONS: 20 inquiries relating to a variety of job search topics, including panel interviews, working with agencies, resume writing, non-traditional resumes and more.
JOB POSTINGS: 20 links to individual job postings or company careers pages.
CONNECTIONS: 17 participants shared their elevator pitch and online networking information.
GUEST PRESENTERS: 1, Isela Talamantes from Green Talent Staffing shared the outlook for green careers and discussed the best ways to work with staffing agencies.
Following is one of the questions that came up during the day:
Question posted By Mark Van Baale, Manager of the Kansas City Job Seekers Blog :
Q) What are some suggestions/advice on how to prepare for interviews with a panel or group of people?
By Karleen Harp, Co-host:
First, do some research on the company. Search LinkedIn to see if you have any connections who work there and ask them what to expect. Glassdoor.com is another place where job seekers can see notes of interview experiences of candidates who have interviewed there, including some of the questions they were asked.
Panel interviews are useful for both the candidate and the company. It saves time, and it ensures that everyone involved in the hiring decision has been exposed to the same candidate experience. A series of 1:1 interviews can result in one home run interview, followed by a strike-out. This can be a reflection of the interviewer’s skills, not the candidate’s, but the effect can be detrimental to the candidate.
Calming nerves is something that requires practice. I recommend that candidates practice answers to common questions in advance. Video yourself and playback until you can deliver the answers smoothly. Joining Toastmasters can also help improve confidence in front of a group, which will help with panel interviews.
By James Thompson, guest:
Take the time to think through tough questions and come up with good answers to them beforefoing into the panel. Obviously knowing your strengths, weaknesses, and goals is a good first step.
By Karen Loomis, guest:
I’ve found it useful to get the individuals names who will be involved & then research them. Find out what makes them tick. That way they seem like everyday people vs. an interrogator. I love finding common ground.
If you couldn’t make it that day, but are wondering what you missed, you can still review the event timeline and full Q&A directly on the event page wall at: Virtual Job Fair