Employer FAQ

How do I create a Handshake account?

If you are not a current user on Handshake, please register in the system (https://app.joinhandshake.com/register ) and follow the below directions:

  • Select the “Employer” account from the options
  • Add your information
  • Read the Employer Guidelines, Terms of Service, and Privacy Policy
  • Confirm email
  • Join your company or create a new company if your company is not listed
  • Please add New Mexico State University as a school you would like to recruit from

NOTE: Once you have registered and if you posted a job, both your account and job will be in pending status. An administrator will review your account and job. If approved, you will receive an email notification. If you do not receive your email notification within 24-48 hours, please contact Nova Pena at employer@nmsu.edu

 I missed the Handshake Virtual Fair Employer Training Session, where can I view the recorded session?

 The below link will take you to the recorded session:

Handshake Virtual Fair Employer Training (webinar recording)

Do we need to generate a “presentation” or some sort of pitch, and if so, what kind of content/tone is appropriate for the virtual Handshake career fair?

 Yes. Each company will prepare a “Virtual Fair Schedule”, options will include ‘Group Sessions’ and ‘1:1 Sessions’. Group sessions will be 30 minutes in length.  It is suggested to have a short/brief presentation to provide an overview of your company or highlight particular training programs offered.  You can have a formal presentation prepared or a non-formal presentation, show a video, and/or leave space at the end of your 30-minute presentation for a Q & A session. 

What’s the format of our interaction with the students – do we have a “room”/time where multiple students would sign in and engage?

 Each Employer can sign up and schedule up to 5, 30-minute group sessions in advance.  A total of 50 participates can join each group session. It is recommended to schedule these group sessions a few weeks prior to the virtual event to give students/alumni a chance to sign up for your group session slots.  Participants can also join the day of the event if slots are still available.

 Each Employer will also have a chance to assign representatives to 1:1 individual sessions that are 10 minutes each in length.  For example, is you have 5 representatives who will be assisting you the day of the event, you can schedule each of the 5 participants 1:1 sessions starting at 9 AM to 2 PM (Participants will sign up for 10-minute slots between the hours of 9 AM to 2 PM), Employer Representatives will be able to meet with each participant for 10 minutes. Participants can sign up prior to the virtual fair start date or on the day of the event if slots are still available.

 See full step-by-step instructions on how to set-up your virtual fair schedule:


If I have team members helping me with the fair, do they have to have a Handshake account?

Yes, each member of your recruiting team will need to have a Handshake account.  Please see tips on helping your team create a Handshake account: https://support.joinhandshake.com/hc/en-us/articles/219133047-Create-an-Employer-User-Account-Join-a-Company-and-Connect-with-Schools

 You can invite them directly to your company account by sending them a Handshake link from your main company account.  In order to have this direct link sent to you, e-mail employer@nmsu.edu  and request your company link that can be sent to your team to help get them into the correct company account.

Can Employers pre-advertise positions (or areas of need) to the career fair – solicit resumes from interested students ahead of time?  Will students be looking at the career fair ahead of time for employer info?

Yes, it is recommended to post available positions on Handshake prior to the virtual fair.  We also recommend hosting various virtual events leading up to the Virtual Fair such as Virtual Information Sessions, Virtual Coffee Chats, Virtual Office Hours, E-blasts, etc. These can be requested directly utilizing Handshake to submit your Virtual Event or you can e-mail employer@nmsu.edu and a virtual recruiting plan can be customized that fits your recruiting needs, these events will then be added into Handshake so students/alumni are aware of your presence.  This is a great way to brand your company and your career options.

Do initial virtual interviews take place during the virtual career fair or should we plan on doing those later?

Unfortunately, Virtual Interviews are not built into the Handshake virtual fair tool at this time, however, Virtual Interviews can still be planned and organized.  As a company you can arrange your Virtual Interviews at your convenience, many of our employer partners leverage platforms such as WebEx, GotoMeetings, Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime to conduct interviews.

 Our office can set-up an “Interview Schedule” in Handshake for you and you can select candidates to interview.  We can work together with your team to get a listing of candidates that will be interviewed by your company so that details can be recorded in Handshake.  This interview schedule would be set-up as a “Room Only” but in a virtual space.

Where can I get additional information on the Virtual Fair and/or tips?

 Handshake has created tools for employers, to learn more go to:


I want Virtual Events customized before the Fair, what do I do?

 If you are interested in hosting Information Sessions, Coffee Chats, Classroom Presentations, or have other virtual activity ideas, please e-mail Nova Pena at employer@nmsu.edu for assistance in planning and coordinating recruiting outreach that works for your company.