The Recruit

Jack Simpson

Head of Marketing and Communications

I know it was you, Fredo.

We attend the University of Manchester’s Science, Engineering and Technology Recruitment Fair yesterday. Here are some of our reactions.

We knew the fair was going to be big, it was held in Manchester Central, formerly known as the G-Mex Centre. There were 83 different exhibitors including ourselves with each one occupying a fair amount of floor space, it was definitely impressive looking. As this was a Science, Engineering and Technology Fair it should not come as a surprise that some well-known names were present like Microsoft, IBM and HP. It should also not come as a surprise that Web Applications stole the show.

Our presentation was overwhelmingly popular with students queuing outside the door to get a seat. Our allocated 45 minutes outlined some great interviewing tips, and in our opinion was far and away the most anticipated and attended presentation. There were three other presentations earlier in the day which represented some very big names, M. W. Kellog conducted a talk on A Career in Chemical Engineering; Morgan Stanley presented Technology in Investment Banking; and Arm talked about Your Future in the Digital World – Surviving Investment Centres. These presentations each lasted 45 minutes and were positioned throughout the day at 11:15, 12:15, 1:30 and 2:30 with Web Applications in the graveyard shift. If students went to all four presentations they would have spent very little time with the other 79 exhibitors (which we can assume would not be ideal) so we feel very pleased that so many students chose to take the time to come listen to Craig speak.

Keeping in mind our audience, we outlined eight basic interviewing skills which each corresponded to a film. For example, next to the tip ‘Be Yourself’ was ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’, and ‘Things to Bring’ was accompanied by ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ – science students you understand. We do like to keep up with the kids. One thing we really wanted to impress upon the young people was that 90% of your success was based on your preparation before you even met your interviewer.

All in all we had a great time and were able to meet a plethora of young hopefuls whom we hope to see more of in the future. We wish them luck in all their future endeavours!