The placement conference for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators has added a new component to their annual “The Placement Exchange” job fair to allow candidates with short resumes or awkward interviews to show off their skills with hands-on demonstrations.
“Many individuals are dynamite practitioners but they’re terrible interviewees,” said TPE consultant Wesley Gifford, architect of the “Candidate Combine” idea. “The Placement Exchange needs to show that its process transcends its own inherent flaws.”
“I always get nervous at interviews, but the combine is awesome,” said second-year graduate student Roger Mead. “I just completed the office politics obstacle course in record time. I have an embarrassing sweating problem in traditional interviews, but in the combine, my sweat is going to get me several on-campus job offers.”
“I just completed the work/life balance yoga challenge,” said academic advisor Kathie Ann Sanibel, who is hoping to make a career transition into the field of student conduct. “I did a 60-minute workout to show my commitment to the NASPA value of self-care. I think the recruitment scouts were impressed! I never could have shown off my communication strengths in a traditional interview.”