On the information security team at my company where I currently work, we have several critical / urgent roles we are looking to fill, amongst including a senior security architect, several senior security engineers, and several cybersecurity intelligence analysts.
We are having trouble with the local candidates so I am thinking of discussing with my manager the possibility of traveling to several cybersecurity conferences coming up across the country (example and example)to market our company and hopefully broaden the applicant pool. As a bonus, all team members have certifications that require continuing professional education credits (CPE) to maintain, so it seems such idea is valuable. We also have surplus budget for travel and training.
However, our team has never attempted to hire through industry events, and all previous roles have been filled through the traditional office interview. I am not sure how many attendees would have their resume ready or be in the interview state of mind. Therefore my questions are:
Although networking opportunities are mentioned, are overt attempts to hire appropriate at these kind of events?
From experience, are candidate quality different than say if candidates apply themselves the traditional method - through company posting or recruiting firm
Given the different and assuming more informal environment, should interview technique be changed, and if so what strategy is preferable?