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Posted: Friday, March 17, 2006 11:13 pm | Updated: 4:29 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

What will companies be offering at Career Expo 2006? They’ll be offering everything from opportunities to learn more about them to on-the-spot interviews to human resource folks on hand to answer questions.

Ameriprise Financial Services, which is seeking financial advisors, will provide information on the company’s career orientation.

“There will be information available on the job itself and we’ll invite them to orientation to give them more in-depth data on what they might expect in the day of an advisor,” said recruiter Susan Gasparovic.

Kim Slavan, director of human resources at Wyndham Phoenix Hotel, said two human resource individuals will be available for information and to collect applications. They may do prescreening for interviews.

“I’m hoping we’ll have some people fill out applications and the human resources people can look over it and see if someone is a right fit for our open positions.” Then on-site interviews can be scheduled with hiring managers for spots in banquets, bar and the front desk.

Home Depot will also be at the job fair.

“As an exhibitor at many job fairs, certain applicants stand out because they embrace the job fair as an opportunity to make their first impression.

“They are dressed in business casual, they have their professional resumes ready to hand to a recruiter and they are prepared to participate in an impromptu interview.

“There have been occasions that I’ve come across someone that seems as though they will be a great fit for a current open position. I will ask my usual prescreening interview questions on-the-spot (i.e. their availability and general experience) then, based on their response, I schedule them for a more extensive interview in my office. Job fairs can truly be a win/win environment for the well-prepared attendees, as well as the recruiter on the day of the event,” said Joli Mercado, human resources manager for the Home Depot in Tempe.

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