3 Effortless Ways to Prepare For Your Next HackerX Event

Truth be told, it’s easier than you think.

So, you got an a reminder email in your inbox telling you that the HackerX event you signed up for is soon coming up. What now?

Speed-dating generally seems like a daunting endeavor no matter which side of the table you’re on. And even though it may seem like a whopping amount of preparation is in order, we’re here to tell you that it’s really easier than most people think.

No matter if you’re an employer looking to meet and chat with tech talents, or a candidate interested in talking to a few companies, you can prepare for the upcoming HackerX speed-dating event in just three really simple steps. Here’s how:

  • Show up.

A wise person once said that half the battle is showing up. And we think that applies to many situations in life, even for hiring and job-hunting.

If you’re an employer, make sure you send key personnel from your team that is crucial to the hiring process. We usually recommend sending at least two passionate advocates from your team — someone from your recruiting team, who is able to assess the cultural fit, and someone from the technical side who is able to assess the candidate’s technical abilities for the projects you are working on.

If you’re a candidate, show up, be on time, and show that you care. While this is not a formal event, showing up in jeans and flip-flops might be counter-intuitive. Remember, first impressions do count.

  • Communicate.

The main point of HackerX is to facilitate the meeting of companies and technical talents. What happens next will depend on you. And communication is key in making this a successful connection.

For employers, keep in mind that candidates are here to find out specific details from companies. And they generally fall within the lines of what you do, what it’s like to work for your company, and what job openings are currently available. Have the answers for these 3 questions ready and you’d be set for the evening.

Candidates, if you’re on the “Looking” side of the job-hunting spectrum, it pays to do a little more due diligence. Articulate your goals for attending this event to employers, show them what you’re capable of, and ask questions. Here’s some tips on how to level up your speed-dating game and land that followup interview.

  • Keep things light and fun.

No matter what name you give it, recruiting and job-hunting is serious business for both parties and can sometimes be stressful and a chore. Our events aim to redefine recruiting through an informal evening.

This is only your first meeting, so keep things light hearted and fun for the evening. We also believe that people bond better when having a good time. So make full use of our event to throw back a couple of those beers and pizzas, and make a night of it! You always have tomorrow morning to be serious.

About HackerX:

HackerX is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for developers to meet with and learn more about some of the world’s most innovative and fastest growing companies — in a casual environment, face to face. More than just a recruitment event, HackerX is also a networking platform for all attendees no matter which side of the table you’re on.

Find out if HackerX is coming to an office near you, here.

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