BEHIND THE SCENES AT A FLASH-MOB...
By OliviaOC on Aug 31, 2012
Today, we interviewed Aarti, who recently organised a flash-mob for Oracle Campus, which you can see on our facebook page
Hi Aarti, perhaps you could give us a quick introduction of yourself, and what you do at Oracle?
I’ve been with Campus Recruitment for just over a year. I’ve been with Oracle for three years. I was keen to get into the campus role after having watched other colleagues working in campus and when the opportunity arrived I jumped at it. The journey has been fantastic thus far. I’m responsible for the GBU hiring at Oracle.
Why did you record the flash-mob video - what were your goals?
Flash-mobs were one thing that took off really big in India after the first one in Mumbai. It’s the hot thing in the student community at the moment. A better way to reach out and connect with students. I think that it is also a good way to demonstrate our openness and culture at Oracle – demonstrate that we are very flexible and that we have a cool culture. I knew the video could be shared on our social media pages and reach out to a wider student community
What was the preparation and rehearsal for the video like?
When I decided to do the video, I had to decide who I would like to do the flash-mob. The new campus hires to Oracle would be ideal for this. We were 2 teams at 2 different locations and Each team took 2-3 songs and choreographed it themselves. Every day at 5pm, each team would meet up and every other weekend the whole group met. Practicing went on for about a month like this.
How was the video received by participants and by students on the University campus?
The event was well received. We did it during the lunch break at the University so that there was a large presence of students around while the flash mob took place. We set up about an hour beforehand to get everything ready. The break-bell sounded and the students came out, that’s when the flash-mob started. The students were pleasantly surprised that a company was doing this. They also recognised some of the participants involved as former graduates.
Since the flash-mob and the video of it that you recorded, have you had much response due to it?
We have, especially in the past two weeks. We went back to the college to make some hires. The flash-mob was still fresh in their minds and they knew well who Oracle was as a result.
Would you like to repeat this kind of creative initiative again with the recruitment team?
Yes, absolutely! I’m over the moon with the flash-mob. My mind is working overtime now with ideas about the next things to do!