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3 Things Interviewers and Candidates should think about before an Interview
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3 Things Interviewers and Candidates should think about before an Interview

Preparing for interviews can be nerve wrecking for candidates as well as interviewers alike if either one isn’t prepared. There are certain things that are common knowledge but whether it is the right way to do things is something that doesn’t click either one in question.  We all agree that conducting interviews or seeking jobs isn’t something that we enjoy doing.

And research done on 200 candidates suggest that 80% agreed that if a recruiter arrives 10 minutes late it leaves a negative impression on potential candidates and the company the interviewer represents. Likewise interviewers don’t approve of the candidates communication ways. In addition to this 60% of fresh graduates don’t possess the communication skills to be successful. At such times what are the things the concerned individuals need to do well in advance before an interview. So here goes…

For Candidates

There are a few things that can help candidates to prepare for a scheduled interview and assist them to get a better chance of being recruited.

Do your Research

This seems to be developing into a trend where candidates are concerned, as many of them generally don’t take time out to research about the company they wish to join or work for. If they take the effort to find out more about what the company is into and involved with this will set the candidate apart from the rest that have also applied for the post.

Prepare Questions    

This again is something that most candidates are afraid to do due to the misunderstanding that questions aren’t welcomed. The reality is that recruiters usually seek out individuals that ask questions because this helps them realise whether or not they have understood what the post calls for. This too helps them to determine the candidate’s problem solving ability.

Remember what your mother taught you

She may have been nagging and at times annoying, even irritating really but little did you know how important these same lessons would be in the near future. Remember her instructions, “Sit up straight”, “Stand up straight”, “Look at me when I’m talking to you”, “Don’t interrupt me, when I’m talking to you”; do these sound familiar? Well you would do well to follow them as these are vital lessons that will definitely come in handy as these aspects are also observed at interviews.

For Interviewers

Well you too need to follow certain aspects and prepare yourself for the same as you are in fact representing the firm that you work for. So what are the aspects that you need to follow.

What kind of Questions to ask

Well you might want to stay away from questions that can lead to job discriminations. Hence questions about religion, marital status and children are a big No, No! You should probably refrain from such questions. These kinds of questions pose a threat to candidates looking for a work and family balance.

Know the Position Thoroughly

 As a recruiter it is absolutely essential for you to have proper knowledge about the position you seek to fill.  If you’re not clear about the requirements of the post the candidate isn’t going to like it when they have questions about the post that you can’t answer. This will automatically affect the reputation of the company you work for.

Therefore it is essential that you as a candidate or recruiter to be well prepared for the interview and to pay close attention to the aspects that have been discussed so far. These aspects are important if one wishes to speed up the recruiting process and to get employed fast.

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What is a Job Fair?
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What is a Job Fair?

You’ve heard this term so many times yet, it never occurred to you to know more about it or to speak to people either. Well yours is a story, one that I’ve heard countless times.  Ever wondered what it is or have you just taken things at the face value and decided to disregard any of it? Don’t fret; it’s a relief to know that you’re not the only one.

So if you’re looking for more information about Job Fairs then you are on the right track. Besides it’s about time you found out more about Job Fairs. Hence, the question “what is a Job Fair?” arises in peoples mind. In the light of this new development, I have addressed the question that is often overlooked by countless others like you, the reader.

What is a Job Fair?

As the term suggests, it is mainly to do with recruiting, careers and job hunters.  It is also known by other names such as Career Fairs, Career Expositions (Expo), Career Campaigns etc. are a few popular names that are used by commoners. These are conducted mainly for employers, recruiters and schools in order to meet with prospective job seekers. Such opportunities are caught and used by job seekers and even employers, recruiters, students and schools alike.  The Job Fairs are of two types, mainly Traditional and Online Job Fairs. By now you’re probably wondering how these individuals benefit from such events. So we’ll be addressing each individually, to get a clear idea.

Types of Job Fairs

Traditional Job Fairs

The traditional job fairs are ones that you have probably heard of and are conducted on a personal level.  

Online Job Fairs

While Online Job fairs as the name suggest s are conducted online.  When we say online we mean that the entire procedure will be conducted virtually.

Benefits of Job Fairs

Students Benefit

Students go in for such fairs as it gives them information about –

  • The companies that are hiring
  • Job opportunities that they are likely to get as a fresher
  • They get to meet with the current employees to find out what is the work culture like
  • To find out what’s it like to work with this company
  • Get information about a sector or opportunity that seem interesting or are interested in

Companies Benefit

These events are perfect for companies because they give them –  

  • An opportunity to build the brand of the company
  • Rectify misconceptions and negative reviews floating around about the company
  • Meet the perspective candidates and identify the quality available in the market
  • Develop valuable connections to meet recruitment as well as business needs
  • Create a name and form a reputation so that people will be likely to work for them

Recruiters Benefit

Apart from the company benefits that have been mentioned some other benefits that can be added are –

  • They get to interact with potential recruits on a large scale
  • They get first – hand information on the quality of the candidates in the market
  • Helps them build connections that they can fall back on to serve their recruitment needs
  • Meet influential people whose views matter

School & Educational Institutes Benefit

Theses platforms help them to –

  • Build their brand
  • By hosting job fairs it also helps students get employed immediately after the final year of their course
  • Build strong connections with hiring companies to hold such events regularly and get their students selected
  • Hold guest lectures by these individuals and build awareness about the current market scenario
  • Hold conferences that help in the all-round development of students

Well doesn’t this clear out all the doubts that we may have had originally and we can say that we have a little more knowledge about what a Job Fair is its types and who benefits from such events. So there you have it, if you have any pointers to add and you can then list them out in the comments section.

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