You spend the entire night prior to a recruiting event prepping yourself. You stand in front of the mirror asking highly intelligent questions which reveal your interest in the CA designation, but at the same time show you as a confident, articulate and social person. You practice and practice, thinking about what you are going to do, how you are going to act and how great this event is going to be till you walk in to the event.
In your head, you are thinking about maintaining eye contact, sounding confident and controlling your body language. You know it can be intimidating talking to a partner, but you are ready for it – after all, he’s only human too right?
Then BOOM, an element that you did not prepare for – good looking recruiters. Faced with the challenging task of talking to someone who is attractive, you pretty much forget everything else you prepared and stand there mumbling and jumbling the same way you do when you approach a girl at a club. We’ve all been there…(some more than others, but you know what I mean).
So here is the deal. I know I should be professional and not be concerned about something menial like their looks. However, please keep this fact in mind. When undergrad students start attending these events, they are 21-22 years old. Let me put that in perspective – we started drinking 3 years ago. Now think about how long you have been drinking for. Exactly.
As it is, while studying the exciting subject of accounting, only a few us were able to develop our “game”. What that means is that if you put the majority of us in front of an attractive woman, we will think about all the times we talked to an attractive girl and made a fool of ourselves. That is the last thing we need at recruiting events.
I know this is a ridiculous request, but I hope I have made you realize how serious of an issue this really is. As it is, we have a variety of issues that we have to consciously work on while at these events – throwing unexpected curve-balls at us doesn’t really help.