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Quick Write 100811 “Eventual job applicants”

Are you familiar with an adjective “eventual”? I’m guessing you may have used an adverb “eventually” in your writing or speaking, or at least have read or heard the word. So have I. The adjective “eventual” means, according to Oxford English Dictionary, “occurring or existing at the end of or as a result of a process or period of time”. Now, I have a question. Do you find the following sentence, the collocation to be more specific, natural?

1) A HR manager will be happy to meet with eventual job applicants at the Eastborough Job Fair. 

I first thought that the adjective “eventual” doesn’t collocate with a noun phrase “job applicants” semantically, and tried using “eventual job applicants” as a wrong choice for a certain test item, but I learned that it makes sense thorough the feedback from a native speaking English teacher. I understood what the teacher explained to me, but I needed an example of the phrase in actual use. I searched for “eventual applicant” in New York Times website, and got no results. Then I googled it, and obtained the following sentence. It’s from an article titled “Endangered Animals in South Dakota”.

2) Existing only in caves of three counties among South Dakota's Black Hills as well as mines and buildings, the rarity of the fringe-tailed myotis bat makes it an eventual applicant on the federal endangered species list.
(http://www.ehow.com/list_7250437_endangered-animals-south-dakota.html)

“an eventual applicant on the federal endangered species list” - Oh, that’s it. “the fringe-tailed myotis has not yet to be designated as endangered species, but will be so eventually because of its rarity”. That perfectly makes sense to me. Then I’ll go back to the sentence 1). It could mean that those who came to the Eastborough Job Fair seeking a job will have an opportunity to meet with the HR manager after they have officially become job applicants for the company. Yes, it IS possible.

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