run chats prior to an assessment centre and invite in-process candidates to talk through the day’s activities…We’ve also seen sessions such as ‘Women in Tech’ that was aimed at giving female applicants the chance to find out more about working in an industry that received very little female applicants. Current female graduates were invited to join the session as moderators and discuss their experiences of being a woman within the industry – from application through to working life. Whilst diversity-themed chats will certainly help to engage audiences at the initial attraction stage, introducing more advice-style chats at key stages of the recruitment lifecycle is also a great way to engage. Quite a few clients run chats to help their candidates prepare for telephone or video interviews with useful tips and hints on what to expect and how to ensure it runs smoothly. Similarly, clients will often run chats prior to an assessment centre and invite in-process candidates to join and talk through the day’s activities and practical details such as how to get to there and what to wear. Of course, once an offer has been made, the chats you can run during the keep warm period are endless, from chatting to current graduates and being introduced to mentors, to finding out about accommodation near the office and what the first week will look like. Together with the ability to share content during a chat (be it video, imagery or documents), it creates a really engaging and bespoke candidate experience relevant to your target audience. Consider these ideas as inspiration – there are endless topics that you could run chats about to benefit candidates and create a truly engaging and memorable experience. At Meet & Engage, we are always here to help talk through ideas and help you come up with some great and engaging chat topics – and the more ‘out of the box’ the better.