fair FAQs:

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What are the dates for the 2018
Recruitment Fairs?

Shanghai: 12th to 14th January (Friday to Sunday)

Abu Dhabi: 25th to 27th January (Thursday to Saturday)

How many candidates will attend the Fair?

Between 150 and 220 candidates. We will always work to balance the number of candidates attending with the number of schools recruiting. What is most important is for us to ensure that candidates with the relevant experience attend for the range of recruiting schools’ vacancies. It is therefore important for us to gather as many prospective vacancies from our attending schools prior to the Fairs in order to market specifically for these.


When should I contact candidates?

We strongly recommend that schools contact candidates of interest to them in advance of the events with an invitation to interview with them at the Fair. Many schools will pre-schedule their interviews and this undoubtedly helps to secure interest from candidates.


When can I view attending candidate details?

Our online database of attending candidates will open from the 1st December. Candidates, however, will register right up until the day before the Fair and therefore the database is continually being added to. We recommend that schools log-in to the database on a weekly basis in the weeks leading up to the Fair. Please note that very late registrations or candidates where we haven’t had at least one reference returned will not be on the online system. We do still allow attendance, but with the requirement that any schools considering offers only do so pending receipt of satisfactory references (please see the question on vetting).


What vetting has been carried out on candidates?

One of our consultants will have had an introductory telephone or Skype call with each candidate and we will directly apply for 2-3 references for each candidate covering at least the last two employments. We ensure that candidates provide us with details of supervisors only and provide institutional rather than personal email addresses. Once at least one satisfactory reference has been obtained, the candidates details are ‘made live’ on the database system whilst our consultants follow up on any references that haven’t yet been returned. It’s important that schools are satisfied themselves that sufficient referencing has been obtained in order to make an offer of contract. In many cases, offers are made pending receipt of other references or confirmation of references. We also are not in a position to undertake any qualification or police checks prior to the Fairs and therefore schools must ensure that any additional checks needed are undertaken according to their school’s policy. Again, offers of contract can be made pending these.


Shanghai, China

Abu Dhabi, UAE

Where are the Fairs located?

Shanghai: Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai
 500 Weihai Rd, Jingan Qu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200041

Abu Dhabi: Rotana Yas Island Hotel
Golf Plaza, P.O. Box 131755
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

How many representatives from my school should attend?

This often depends upon the number of vacancies the school is recruiting for. Two to three representatives from each school tends to work well.


What should I bring with me?

An exhibition/banner stand, school brochures and any documentation relevant for potential new appointees (eg salary scales or HR policies)


Is it worth delivering a PD workshop?

The PD sessions definitely help to showcase a school’s quality of management and approach. It’s also a valuable time to interact with candidates in a professional setting without the time constraints of the interview days. Recruiting schools delivering PD find it a valuable time to get to know candidates.


How long should I schedule each interview?

In our experience, 30 minute blocks are sufficient as this allows a good number of candidates to be seen with the opportunity to arrange 2nd interviews for shortlisted candidates (often on Day 3 of the Fair). Many schools, however, will want to take a different approach which is absolutely fine. This often depends on the number of vacancies the school has as well as the number of recruiters attending.