Every once and a while you run into a situation that in itself is surprising but when you think of it, not wholly unexpected – bringing to mind the expression “hindsight is 20/20″. In our case, for several years we have managed a career fair at which we provide interview rooms, which more often than not stay empty as interviews are more conveniently conducted at the companies’ booths.
This year, however, the interview rooms were used in a new way entirely, courtesy of some of the many high school students that attend the event. Midway through the day, one of our volunteers stumbled upon a young amorous couple engaging in an “emotional intelligence interview” in one of the rooms. The unlucky volunteer had to politely ask the youths to untangle their tongues and take advantage of the fair in a more productive way. Unfortunately, this also meant that for the remainder of the day this poor volunteer was assigned with make-out room prevention duty; not exactly something you’d want to include on a résumé.
Fortunately for all future volunteers (and unfortunately for high school students feeling romantic) it was decided that from now on it would be best to forgo the interview rooms and use the space in a different way.
This episode reminds us that after an event you can usually look back and consider how the demographic has influenced certain aspects of your event. After the fact it all seems so clear why something happened the way it did. Therefore, identifying in advance the demographic that will be attending will help you better anticipate if and when space will be used as intended (such as in this case), the type and amount of food to order, and so on.
With a little “outside the box thinking”, you too may just be able to anticipate students turning secluded spaces into make-out rooms at your next event.