Random Walk: Virtual Career Fair
On a stormy winter day in February 2014, neither snow nor rain stayed 43 companies and 124 students from the swift completion of their appointed rounds at Thayer School’s Virtual Career Fair. Using Skype for online face-to-face interviews, employers and students got together for 393 tightly scheduled eight-minute meetings between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Run by Thayer’s Office of Career Services, the fair provided employers with students’ resumes in advance. The Virtual Career Fair had other virtues, too, according to employers. As one interviewer put it, “It is an efficient medium for meeting quickly with many candidates without having to spend time traveling or setting up a booth.” Students could sign up for as many interviews as they could manage. The most interviews by a single well-prepared student: an enterprising 11.
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