My colleagues and I find recruitment fairs and campus recruitment two of the best ways to find up-and-coming local talent. As the job market is so volatile at the moment, I receive about 100 applications per position I post on an online job site. Attending recruitment fairs means I can meet candidates in person and gain valuable insight into their motivation and talents. It is a great opportunity to meet job-seekers interested in the automotive industry and to widen our talent pool further.

As a candidate, recruitment fairs give you an opportunity to analyse companies and make sure they are the right fit for you. Later on in this article, I’ll give you a few tips on making the most of your visit to a recruitment fair and how to stand out from the crowd.

What does a typical recruitment fair look like?

Earlier on this year, MANN+HUMMEL Korea’s Human Resources (HR) team attended one of the biggest exhibition centres in Korea, the Hyundai-Kia Motor Company Partners Recruitment Fair held in COEX in Seoul. There were around 145 partner companies exhibiting there. As a foreign-affiliated company, MANN+HUMMEL Korea was an eye-catcher to candidates with our range of advanced systems such as flexible working hours and our group management system. The main hall of the fair consisted of the Employment Consulting Hall where candidates were introduced to the companies and discussed job opportunities. Furthermore, there was a chance to get some insider tips from renowned figures in the Employment Lecture Hall, and the Auxiliary Event Hall offered CV writing and interview consulting services, free portrait photographs, stress tests, and more.

A busy day interviewing

It certainly was a busy day for my colleagues and me. In only six hours, we met with 60 candidates – 30 pre-arranged applications and 30 walk-in visitors. That’s one every 6 minutes! Candidates were particularly interested in and primarily attracted to our advanced business culture as a foreign-invested company, for example our flexible working hours, and our sales offices located near the capital region.

It is important for MANN+HUMMEL Korea to give back to the local community by creating jobs and actively hiring local talent to ensure continued growth. Our employees’ efforts have led to significant improvement in the awareness of the company and have positioned us as one of the most sought-after companies among candidates. In fact, I have seen the quality and qualifications of applicants improve year after year.

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Tips and advice

The job market is competitive around the world. Whether you are looking for an internship or your first job, here are a few tips about recruitment fairs which I think are not only relevant to those of you in Korea, but can be helpful for candidates worldwide:

In advance, do your research on upcoming recruitment fairs

  • Research as much as you can about the companies you are interested in.
  • Decide which companies you may want to work for and find out where they are exhibiting.
  • Select 10 specific companies to visit and make appointments in advance.
  • Find out about the other talks and briefings by HR managers or presentations by employment consultants that are happening throughout the day.

On the day, come with a clearly defined plan

  • Be smart and, if you have an appointment, be on time!
  • Build on your competitiveness with your own intelligence and enthusiasm. Ask the right questions to show you know about corporate goals and culture.
  • Avoid asking for sensitive material during the first conversation. For example, asking about salary scales should be avoided.
  • Bring lots of CVs with you and be well prepared to answer any questions that may arise. You may be offered an on-the-spot interview!
  • Attend subsidiary events at other times, actively take advantage of employment briefings, and don’t be too shy to ask questions.

Good luck with your job search!