Frequently Asked Questions
We have grouped the answers to the most frequently asked questions. We hope that our Frequently Asked Questions will allow you to quickly find the information you are looking for.
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HOW DOES THE VIRTUAL JOB FAIR WORK?
Following the creation of your profile, it is important to attach, in addition to your resume, any other documentation that could support your application to positions posted by employers on the website of the virtual job fair.
Since only one document can be uploaded on the site, please include all documents in one file.
Then, you are invited to visit the different employer kiosks to identify the positions that interest you.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE VIRTUAL JOB FAIR?
The virtual job fair will be held for 3 days on October 19, 20 and 21. During the first 2 days, you will have the opportunity to visit the fair, and ask questions if needed to the Customer Service Agents who will be on site virtually.
Customer service agents will be on-line from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on October 19 and 20, and from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm on October 21.
Employers will be present at their kiosks on Wednesday, October 21 from 9 am to 12 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm.
HOW CAN I INCREASE MY CHANCES OF GETTING THE JOB DURING THE INTERVIEW OR WHEN MEETING WITH THE EMPLOYER?
It is important to be prepared for the virtual interview, just as you would for an in-person interview, or even before you speak with the employer when they are in their kiosk. Some points that can help you:
- Remember your skills, qualities and achievements
- Research the company before meeting with the employer
- Be clear in your questions and brief in your answers
- Don’t give more details than you are asked
- Ensure your answers are directed to the position the employer wants to fill
- Remember to ask about next steps
- Write down the name, phone number and email of the person you spoke with – you can follow up later with them
- If deemed appropriate, reconfirm your interest in the position
WILL I BE ABLE TO APPLY FOR JOBS AT THE VIRTUAL FAIR?
Yes, you will be able to apply to all job offers posted on the Virtual Job Fair. Nearly forty employers in several fields of activity will be present.
WHEN WILL JOB OFFERS BE POSTED?
From October 19, 2020, you will be able to read job offers and visit the virtual kiosks of participating companies.
I WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO AN EMPLOYER, BUT ISN'T PRESENT FOR CHAT?
For technical reasons, it is possible to chat with employers only during trade show opening hours. Outside of this time slot, however, you can leave a message for the employer who will receive it by email. He will then be able to contact you afterwards.
CAN I CONDUCT INTERVIEWS VIA THE CHAT TOOL?
Yes. It is also possible that the employer invites you to a videoconference. This decision is up to the exhibitor.
DO I HAVE TO REGISTER?
Yes, registration is required.
WHAT RESEARCH, IF ANY, SHOULD I DO BEFOREHAND?
Peruse the list of employers expected to be at the job fair and research the companies that interest you the most, as if you were preparing for a job interview. You’re more likely to make an impression if you know something about a company and can communicate your knowledge intelligently.
SHOULD I UPDATE MY RESUME?
If possible, tailor resumes for each company. Make sure to visit specific employer kiosks at the fair to read job descriptions of positions employers will be hiring for. Connect your experience and skills to those mentioned in the job descriptions in your resume.
WHO SHOULD I SEND MY RESUME TO?
You can apply directly to the employer kiosks at the virtual job fair.
WHAT QUESTIONS SHOULD I ASK?
Have one or two questions prepared to ask each employer at the job fair. You will likely not have much time with each employer if you do an interview, so limit the number of your questions. Ask questions that cannot be easily answered by looking on employers’ websites or in other publications about them. Focus on questions related directly to the position, such as, “What are the two most important qualifications a person needs to succeed in this position?”
HOW SHOULD I RESPOND TO QUESTIONS?
Prepare your own answers to questions interviewers could ask you at the job fair. Have one to two minute answers to common interview questions like, “Why should we hire you?” and “Tell me about a time you overcame a difficult obstacle.” Use examples to support your answer from your professional or academic background.
WHERE SHOULD I START?
You should visit the employers you most want to work for early in the fair, visit others later and then return to the first employers to give thanks for them interviewing you and to reiterate your interest (without sounding overly eager) in working for the organization.
SHOULD I MEET EMPLOYERS THAT I DID NOT PLAN TO VISIT OR HAVE NEVER HEARD OF?
Do visit companies that you are unfamiliar with e.g. because you didn’t know they’d be at the fair. If their representative asks, give them that reason and say that you normally would have researched them otherwise.
HOW SHOULD I PRESENT MYSELF?
Approach each employer with confidence and relax. You will be speaking with them through live chat. If a recruiter shows great energy and enthusiasm; meet him or her on that level.
HOW SHOULD I INTRODUCE MYSELF TO AN EMPLOYER?
Start with an elevator speech to let them know who you are, why you are there, what can you do. Your self-introduction should describe your relevant skills and briefly touch on your career goals. Use crisp, concise and memorable language – not over-detailed and rambling statements. State the position you are seeking and your professional abilities and experience. Emphasize your individual strengths and link them to the perceived needs of the employer.
WHAT SHOULD I DO ONCE I HAVE SPOKEN TO AN EMPLOYER?
Write down any information you learned from one employer before moving on to the next one. Taking some time between introductions ensures that you don’t forget important details later. Using the contact information you gathered, write follow-up emails to thank recruiters for their time.