Today I went to a jo.b fair.. better known as a cattle herd. Although I wasn’t on a farm.. and it wasn’t dudes on horses directing us.. that’s what the fuck it felt like.
One the biggest growing companies in Detroit had a job fair today. I need not say their name.. but most could figure it out. After a road closing and crazy detour, I get in the area of the place. I couldn’t find the designated parking lot.. so I had to pay to park -_-
The line to get in the building is outside. It’s clear that most of Metro Detroit was attending this job fair. Once inside.. folks are given a mini clip board with a registration form to fill out. Nothing crazy, just your contact information and how you found out about the fair. As I fill out this form, I’m still walking in line.. we get to this point where you have to get your resume stapled to the form.
At this point.. I’m really feeling like Pookie when G-Money gave him the tour of the Carter..
Up the elevator we go to a floor that I think is the cafeteria. I wait for my name to be called overhead by a guy that was butchering EVERYONE’S name. They offer random drinks and seating for folks.. I chose to stand. As I’m people watching.. I see that people really give no fucks about what they wear to meet a potential employer. It was chicks with cut sleeve shirts.. tight ass skirts. Dudes with jeans and random polo style shirts with gym shoes.
Once your name get called.. you line up to meet with a recruiter to do your “interview”. After meeting her, we go in to this big ass room that has tons of interviews going on. Its nothing private and discrete about this process. The girl I had didn’t even work in HR. She just seemed to be a random volunteer and I really felt that my time was wasted. Being that my background isn’t exactly fit for the company.. she really didn’t know what to do. From the description the job fair advertised, recruiters were suppose to gauge what would be a great fit based on your resume. not the case.
After that meeting.. you lead on a tour with some other employees. I’ll say this, the work atmosphere was really cool. Every station had duel monitors.. mechanical desk that raised and lowered by the push of a button. So you could stand at your desk if you wanted, or sat down and still be at eye level with the monitors. With bright colored walls and cool chairs.. it seems that folks that work there really enjoy the space.
The company advertised that they were looking to hire 500 people. Did that mean that they were gonna hire 500 yesterday, tomorrow.. within 2 years? Classic wordplay for great publicity and a awesome turnout. Who knows if I even get a call back.. I’ll just chalk it up as a trial run in practicing for interviews… and great people watching.