Talent Connect Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some Frequently Asked Questions we have received from employer participants. If you have any questions or concerns not answered by these FAQ, please reach out to us at [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I’ve read through this FAQ and am still confused about how the event will work. Can you help?

A:¬†Absolutely! Please email our team at [email protected], and we are happy to answer any questions.

Q: What virtual meeting platform do I need to use?

A: You can use any virtual meeting platform that your organization is comfortable with. The most common that we see are Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, and WebEx.

Q: We are hosting a group chat and want to utilize breakout rooms. Will this work with Symplicity?

A: Symplicity will allow students to RSVP and join the appropriate link to your virtual meeting platform. You are welcome to facilitate the group conversation however you wish (ex. using breakout rooms).

Q: Can I host an event on more than one day?

A: Absolutely! If you would like to recruit on multiple days, please submit separate event requests for each date.

Q: Do you have any tips for hosting group sessions?

A: Here are some best practices and suggestions that we have learned from previous fairs:

  • Employers tend to choose two different formats for group sessions. One format is more conversational/drop-by Q&A style, and the other format is more presentation style, with a few slides at the start and then time for a Q&A.
  • Both formats are completely fine, and it comes down to what the employer is hoping to get across to students and the level of connection you wish to make with students.
  • Logistically for your team, the easier option is the drop-by Q&A. However, starting with a short overview can be helpful so students can become acclimated to the chat.
  • Consider having two reps host the group sessions together. We have heard feedback that when a rep hosts a group session solo, it can be challenging to talk and keep track of questions in the chat, etc. In addition, this means each rep can easily take a break!
  • Most group sessions are small, with a few students joining at a time, as their schedule and conversations with other employers allow.
  • Regardless of the format that your team chooses, know that students will pop in and out of your group sessions. This also means your team may answer many of the same questions (which happens in any hiring event format!).
  • If your meeting tool has the option to turn off audio ‘dings’ when students enter or leave a room (like in Zoom), this would be good to do to help avoid distractions for your reps.
  • If using Zoom, we recommend disabling the wait room feature once your group session starts since this can become challenging for reps to manage.
  • Since group sessions do not allow for the personalized relationship building that you find with 1-on-1 chats, your reps may want to consider sharing their emails or an HR email so that students can follow up after the fair. Think of this as allowing students to follow up with a thank-you, just like an in-person hiring/networking event.
  • Consider including a way for students to sign-in/resume drop (like via a survey form) since the system does not collect any group session data.