BOSTON CAREER FORUM 2020
November 6 (Fri.) – November 8 (Sun.), 2020
Past Participant Data
See results from last year’s Career Forum and learn how participants prepared for the event. Get tips from their experience to prepare for the upcoming Career Forum.
* Information below is based on last year’s Boston Career Forum Participant Survey results.
Did you attend the Career Forum intending to seek a full-time or an internship position?
Although most of the companies are looking to hire full-time employees, more and more companies are also seeking interns. If you are a year or two away from beginning your job search, you can still attend to see what opportunities are available for you. Some companies hold seminars and information sessions during the event which are great resources to learn more about companies and their products/services. You also have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with company representatives, allowing you to hear the current market trends in the industry.
When did you start preparing for the Career Forum?
Many candidates start preparing more than a month before the Career Forum. With companies conducting multiple rounds of interviews during the Career Forum, prior preparation is the key to being successful. That includes, creating resumes, applying to companies online and practicing for interviews.
How many companies did you apply to online prior to the Career Forum?
Because some companies set up appointments prior to the Career Forum and others only meet with candidates who have previously applied online, applying to companies online is a must. Instead of waiting until the event, utilize the application as your first contact with the company to let them know of your interest.
How many appointments were you able to set up prior to the Career Forum?
Did you go ahead and visit the booth even if you did not receive a response from the company after applying online?
If you don’t hear back from a company it does NOT mean you are disqualified for the position. Companies use the online application in different ways and it can be likely that some will not respond to any of the applicants. As you can see, more than half the participants still visited the company's booth even if they did not have an appointment. Many of the companies do set aside time to interview candidates who visit their booths on the day of the event, so do not hesitate! You should actively visit companies of your interest.
How many companies did you visit in total during the three day event?
How many companies did you take part in second round or further interviews with?
Companies hold multiple rounds of interviews during the event. Over 70% of past participants had second-round or more interviews with companies. Having several rounds of interviews with one company can take up time and limit how much you have to meet with other companies. The average number of companies a candidate can meet during the event is about 10. In order to make the most of the time you have at the Career Forum, make sure to list the companies you wish to visit and prioritize them to keep yourself on track.
Did you receive any offer of employment?
The company representatives who attend the Career Forum are not just HR staff, but department managers, directors, and even company presidents. Because decision makers are at the event, the interview process moves relatively quickly with the possibility of receiving on-site offers from companies by the end of the event.
Voices from past participants
It was a great opportunity for students studying abroad who are looking to work back in Japan and I really appreciated all the effort that was put in.
I enjoyed the Career Forum very much. I learned a lot about the companies that attended and about myself in just a few days.
Thank you for the opportunity; I got a job with my dream company in Tokyo in April and it’s thanks to you!
Because of the short duration of the Career Forum, I liked the speed in which you were moved to the next round and the ease of setting up appointments.
I like the general organization of the event. It is very easy to access, and candidates are able to prepare and browse for interviews and opportunities fairly easily.
I liked the speed of the process. First going to listen to a company's seminar/corporate explanation, handing out my resume, getting a call back from them and then proceeding to take an interview, all within three days.