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Graduates gatecrashing companies to land jobs

LOCAL university graduates desperate to land their dream job have taken to "gatecrashing" company offices and entrance exams in a bid to impress employers.

Graduates have been turning up uninvited at company interviews and written exams, pleading for an interview, and visiting company offices with their resumes but without an appointment.

Some 74 percent of people appreciate these innovative approaches and 43.3 percent believed that people can secure a job through this method, according to a survey of 5,000 job seekers by China HR, a job-hunting website.

Some did succeed, as employers admired their boldness. But other companies are unimpressed and students have complained the practice is unfair on those who worked hard to win an interview.

Nevertheless, the trend has become a popular topic among local seniors.

"In the current climate of fierce competition we have to take the initiative rather than wait passively," said Liu Chenwen, who graduated from Fudan University in June. She has failed to find a job and was competing with seniors at a job recruitment fair at the university yesterday.

It's worth a try

Zhang Yu, a postgraduate, said she had met with uninvited students in an interview with a pharmaceutical firm and found them very competent. "Self-promotion is worth a try," she said.

On Fudan's BBS forum, a student who identified himself as "ruobinhood" said he won an interview after visiting a futures trading firm uninvited.

At first, he was rebuffed by a human resources worker, so he just left his resume. But when he returned home, he received a telephone call from the company inviting him to a face-to-face interview.

However, not everyone was so lucky.

Some students said their attempts to win an interview opportunity failed, even after they waited at offices all day.

A senior student at the Social Science Department of Fudan University, who asked not to be named, said she had met uninvited job applicants in an interview held by a major corporation, which turned down them all.

"It's unfair on those people who won their interviews through rounds of resume checks and written examinations if an HR department accepts people who just turn up on the day," she said.

Qiu Jialu, a HR worker with the Dahua Real Estate Co, who has met uninvited job applicants, said: "I have no prejudice against them, nor preference towards them."

She said a decision to recruit uninvited interviewees depended on their abilities.

About 175,000 students are expected to graduate from local universities next summer, 7,000 more than this year, according to the Shanghai education authorities.


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